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.
Please respect South Ayrshire’s countryside and the many people who rely on it for their livelihood.
Remember - March to May each year is lambing time.
Ewes and lambs are very vulnerable at first – mums can easily lose their babies if scared or disturbed by people or dogs. Lost lambs can die very quickly. Please choose to walk trails which
do not go through fields of livestock at this time of the year.
Take your litter home, or put it in a bin.
Clear up your dog’s mess.
Walking, Cycling and Horse Riding Routes
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
South Ayrshire Paths Initiative
If you are interested in finding out more about community projects, and other walking/ cycling routes, why not visit the South
Ayrshire Paths Initiative website at https://southayrshirepaths.org.uk/ .
Wheelchair Accessible Walks
Some paths within South Ayrshire are accessible by wheelchair in normal weather
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