Walking in Ayrshire

Walk along the river, just 30 seconds from the Bothy!
Bracken Bay, 10 minute drive from Doonbank and part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path
Maybole beach, with views across to the Isle of Arran; Ailsa Craig and Culzean Castle
Loch Doon
Kelburn Castle and estate
Greenan beach – just a 3 minute drive from Doonbank

Whether it’s enjoying a gentle country stroll, a breezy coastal walk, trekking long distance routes or scrambling among hills and mountains, e are 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:

  • The Ayrshire Coastal path, runs for 100 miles from Glenapp to Skelmorlie along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.
  • Gillian’s Walks provide a wide range of interesting and varied walks.
  • circular walk from the Tam O’Shanter Experience, through the “auld haunted kirk,” Greenan Castle, Belleisle and Rozelle Parks
  • An easy going walk through farmlands and a
  • Beach walk from Croy Bay through Culzean Country Park, with many exciting bays to explore along the way.
  • 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 bothy!

Dumfries House and Gardens
Ayrshire Coastline
Croy shore at dusk
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Rozelle Park
Ayr Gorge at Failford