Ayrshire is shaped like a great crescent moon, curving around the vast bay centred on the county town of Ayr. The coastline - more industrial to the north, rural and increasingly remote to the south - has mile upon mile of fine sandy beaches, all enjoying a fine outlook across the sea to the mountains of Arran or the great rock of Ailsa Craig.

One of the most fertile regions of Scotland, the farmland is used for production of potatoes and other vegetables as well as summer berries and the keeping of livestock. South and east the region becomes hillier, with rolling moorlands and hills merging eventually into the rugged uplands of Galloway.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Lynn Glen, near Dalry 2km 45 minutes
John Brown's Memorial walk, Priesthill near Muirkirk 2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Three Green Knights Trail, Auchincruive 2.5km 45 mins - 1 hour
Lady Hunter Blair's walk, Straiton 3.25km 1 - 1.5 hour
Old Railway walk, near Muirkirk 3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Doggartland walk, Dalry 4.25km 1 - 1.5 hours
Oswald's Trail, Auchincruive 4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Dinmurchie Trail, Barr 5km 1 - 1.5 hours
The Big Wood, Newmilns 5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Twa' brigs walk, Muirkirk 5.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Farland Point, Great Cumbrae 6km 2 - 2.5 hours
Burns' Trail, Alloway 6km 2 hours
Dyke walk, Darvel 6.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Fintry Bay, Great Cumbrae 7.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Burn Anne walk, Galston 8.5km 2.5 - 3 hour
Kildoon Hill, Maybole 9.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Greeto Bridge and Mast, Largs 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Castle Hill and Douglas Park, Largs 5.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Byne Hill, Girvan 6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Devil's Trail, Barr 7km 1.5 - 2 hours
Monument and Bennan Hill, Straiton 8.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Cairn Table, near Muirkirk 8.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Maxwellston Hill, Dailly 9.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Barony Hill, Dailly 11km 3 - 3.5 hours
Loudon Hill, Darvel 11.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Knock Hill circular, Largs 13km 3.5 - 4 hours
River Ayr Way 65km 3 stages
Ayrshire Coastal Path 147.5km 12 stages

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