Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling along the paths, over the hillsides, and through the villages of Ayrshire is the only way to experience the real Ayrshire. A number of safe and convenient footpaths and cycleways are available in South Ayrshire.

Paths and cycleways

For more information on walking view VisitScotland's guide to walking in Ayrshire & Arran.

For more information on cycling view VisitScotland's guide to cycling in Scotland.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs for 100 miles between Glenapp in South Ayrshire and Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire, passing through towns and villages on the way. The path was created and is maintained by the Rotary Club of Ayr, using volunteer labour – the Pathminders Team. Ayr Rotary Club has produced a route guidebook, with all proceeds being donated to local and overseas Rotary Charity work.

River Ayr Way

The River Ayr Way is Scotland’s first source to sea path, which begins at Glenbuck and follows the river for 44 miles to the sea at Ayr, passing through some of Ayrshire’s most stunning and varied scenery, from open remote moorland to shaded river gorges. It is jointly managed by East Ayrshire Leisure Trust and South Ayrshire Council. Find out more

Both of these routes are recognised and included as Scotland's Great Trails

Wheelchair Accessible Walks

Some paths within South Ayrshire are accessible by wheelchair in normal weather conditions.

Barony Hill Path, within the Dailly Trails Network, stretching from Main Street, Dailly (opposite the Primary School), eastwards along the south/east bank of the Water of Girvan, northwards across the artist-designed bridge over the River, then eastwards along the north bank of the River to the footbridge near Dalquharran Castle.

Ayr, Prestwick Girvan and Troon promenades, as well as paths through Belleisle, Rozelle, Craigie and other public parks and parts of Fullarton Woods, Troon