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Walking in Ayrshire - Seven walks for seven days

Whether it's enjoying a gentle country stroll, a breezy coastal walk, trekking long distance routes or scrambling among hills and mountains, Doonbank Cottage is situated in the heart of some easy to reach and fabulous walks, to suit every level of experience.

The surrounding area includes many ranges of hills over 600m (2,000 feet), in which several summits qualify as Corbetts - hills over 762m (2,500 feet), while walks in the immediate vicinity include:

Below, we have suggested seven walks in the local area, and you can use the links below to find your perfect walk, suitable for novices, experienced walkers, family outings and dog walkers.

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Straiton Patna Hill Track
Laggan Walk, Girvan
Cock of Arran
Alloway - Culroy - Brown Carrick Hill - Genoch Farm - Alloway
Approximately 30 mins drive from the cottage.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

8.4 km/ 5.25 miles

03:00 (hrs:mins)

200 metres

Explorer 326: Ayr & Troon

This walk follows an old coal and drove road on open moor and through coniferous forest,

An ancient route, it offers extensive views across Ayrshire and the chance to observe moorland birds and mammals. Care should be taken in bad weather.

It should only be tackled by the well equipped an experienced walker.

Approximately 38 mins drive from the cottage.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

7 kms / 4.4 miles

03:00 (hrs:mins)

250 metres

Explorer 317: Ballantrae, Barr and Barrhill

Ailsa Craig, a 1000ft volcanic plug whose sides rise almost vertically from the Firth of Clyde 10 miles off of the Ayrshire coast, is the dominant feature on the horizon.

This lovely walk, which crosses the high ground between the coast and the Assel and Stinchar valleys, also takes you to Laggan Loch, an almost perfectly circular body of water, which is the subject of a fascinating local legend.

Approximately 40mins.drive to Ardrossan. Take ferry to Arran.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

12 Kms/ 7.5 miles

04:00 (hrs:mins)

40 metres

Explorer 361: Isle of Arran

Walking through a great variety of terrains this walk takes in the wonderful views over the sea to the north, and the Arran mountains to the south.

Following the coast along beaches and below cliffs, the highlights of the walk are the caves in the cliffs above you at several points and the spectacular ruin of Lochranza Castle. The route finishes at Sannox.

 

Approximately 3 mins drive, 10 mins walk from the cottage.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

20 Kms / 12.5 miles

06:00 (hrs:mins)

197 metres

Explorer 326: Ayr & Troon

An enjoyable circular walk from Alloway to the top of the Carrick Hills (Brown Carrick), which all takes place on metalled roads/tracks. Starting at the Tam O'Shanter Experience, the walk takes you through some of Ayrshire's country lanes past the grounds of Newark Castle and up to the top of the Carrick Hills (Brown Carrick). On a clear day the views up the Firth of Clyde are spectacular. The return route takes you down towards the coast, then along past the old Butlin's site (still a holiday camp). Finally you return via the Burns Monument, close to the Auld Brig famed in the poem 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns.

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The Prophet's Grave, Largs
The Devil's Trail, Barr
Girvan to Barr Hill Path
Approximately 55 mins drive from the cottage.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

9.6 km/ 6 miles

03:00 (hrs:mins)

40 metres

Explorer 341: Greenock, Largs & Millport

Follow the North Promenade into a small wood road. Turn right and keep to the left until you reach the Noddleburn, follow the path leading you into Brisbane Glen. Follow route through the glen till a gate between fields on the left where a short path takes you to the Grave of William Smith, Minister of Largs in 1647. Return by the same route.

Approximately 50 mins drive from the cottage.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

6.4 km/ 4 miles

02:30 (hrs:mins)

125 metres

Explorer 317: Ballantrae, Barr & Barrhill

Attractive woodland walk, at first following the Water of Gregg, then a steady climb resulting in beautifull views of the Stinchar Valley and hills beyond.

Approximately 35 mins drive from the cottage.

Distance

Approximate Time

Height Gain

OS Map

10 km/ 6.25 miles

03:00 (hrs:mins)

260 metres

Explorer 317: Ballantrae, Barr and Barrhill

Initially the path follows the route to the Dow Hill and Laggan Loch. Past the loch the track separates and drops down to the ruins of a farm. It then leads up over Auchensol Hill (320m), giving fine views over the valley. Path emerges onto Old Dailly to Barr road, going over the old bridge to enter Barr.

 Find your perfect walk

The Walking Scotland website has over 1,000 route options divided into four categories, you're sure to find a suitable walk here.

The Ayrshire Paths initiative provides well sign-posted routes for all capabilities of walker.Routes include Ayr, Irvine, Muirkirk, Largs, Dailly, Dalry, Irvine Valley, Girvan, Straiton, Barr, Dalmellington and Cumbrae.

The River Ayr Way is a waymarked 66km route from Glenbuck near Muirkirk, to sea (at Ayr) which takes in some of Ayrshire's most stunning scenery. Whilst walking the River Ayr Way, look out for a huge variety of wildlife including otters, heron, buzzards, oyster catchers, hen harriers and deer. The route also allows visitors to discover more about William Wallace, Alexander Peden, Robert Burns and David Dale..

Walkingworld gives a list of walks in Ayrshire and Arran, showing the walk title, grade, walk length and type of natural area in which it is found.

..........and don't forget you also have miles of coastline within minutes of the cottage!

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