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 Length Time
Three Green Knights Trail, Auchincruive grade2km 45 mins
Lynn Glen, near Dalry grade2km 45 minutes
John Brown's Memorial walk, Priesthill grade2.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Ness Glen, near Loch Doon grade3.2km 1 - 1.5 hours
Lady Hunter Blair's walk, Straiton grade3.25km 1 - 1.5 hour
Old Railway walk, near Muirkirk grade3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Doggartland walk, Dalry grade4.25km 1 - 1.5 hours
Oswald's Trail, Auchincruive grade4.75km 1 - 1.5 hours
Fairy Knowe, near Barr grade4.75km 1 - 1.5 hours
Twa' brigs walk, Muirkirk grade5.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Castle Hill and Douglas Park, Largs grade5.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Farland Point, Great Cumbrae grade6km 2 - 2.5 hours
Burns' Trail, Alloway grade6km 2 hours
Dyke walk, Darvel grade6.5km 1.5 hours
Fintry Bay, Great Cumbrae grade7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Burn Anne walk, Galston grade8.5km 2 - 2.5 hour
Culzean Castle Country Park, from Maidens grade9km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Kildoon Hill, Maybole grade9.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Great Cumbrae Inner Circle grade11.5km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Loudoun Hill, near Darvel gradegrade2.5km 1 hour
Craiglea Trail and Loch Doon Castle gradegrade3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Greeto Mast and the Gogo Glen, Largs gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Cornish Hill and Loch circuit, Stinchar bridge gradegrade5.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Byne Hill, Girvan gradegrade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Devil's Trail, Barr gradegrade7km 1.5 - 2 hours
Monument and Bennan Hill, Straiton gradegrade8.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Cairn Table, near Muirkirk gradegrade8.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Maxwellston Hill, Dailly gradegrade9.5km 2.5 - 3 hours
Barony Hill, Dailly gradegrade11km 2.5 - 3 hours
Knock Hill circular, Largs gradegrade13km 3.5 - 4 hours
Ailsa Craig - the ascent gradegradegrade3km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Shalloch on Minnoch via the north ridge gradegradegrade9.5km 3 - 4 hours
River Ayr Way 65km 3 stages
Ayrshire Coastal Path 147.5km 12 stages

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