This route follows a short section of the River Ayr Way, starting just off Holmston Road. It is a really pleasant woodland walk along the river, popular with locals. To form a loop, the return section crosses a small golf course before following a footpath on the opposite bank of the river. Expect the trail to be muddy!
Buggy-friendly walk but can be very muddy at times
Parking available on Holmston Road, Ayr, opposite the cemetery
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Route: Enter the walled grassy area off Holmston Road and follow the path along the river, keeping to the higher track when you reach a fork. At the bridge continue straight (don’t be tempted to cross the river). Continue through the woodland all the way to a road bridge at which point you veer off to the right and follow a smaller footpath uphill and onto the pavement running along the busy A77. Turn left here and continue along beside the golf course, looking out for a road on your left which leads you into the golf course. About halfway along that road there is a left turn you should take which lead takes you across the golf course and back into the woodland at the opposite side of the river from before. This track follows the river along past the University of West of Scotland to the bridge you saw earlier. Cross the river on the footbridge and retrace your steps to Holmston Road.
WALK REPORT: 1st February 2016
As I learned today and as you can see from the photo below, it can get extremely muddy if there has been heavy rain so be prepared with suitable footwear. I actually had the buggy with me and to be honest I wasn’t expecting so much mud. I did manage to push the buggy along but I will admit it was quite an effort at times. Definitely a good workout though!
I actually completed a similar route only a few days ago but I wanted to return today to do it the correct way and also go a little further along. Things didn’t quite go to plan as at the point where I wanted to continue on further than last time I found I was unable to cross the main road (A77) due to traffic flow. I was a little disappointed and headed back via the golf course pretty much meaning I did the same walk again in reverse… not what I had intended. I felt a little silly when I explained this to my hubby and he suggested that if I had stayed on the path and walked underneath the A77 before going up onto the road bridge, it would have brought me up to the other side…. Doh! This is why I should not go walking alone: I have the worst navigation skills ever!
Most people would not have ventured out today with storm Henry in full swing! Although it was extremely windy and I was pretty frightened at times with the trees swaying & creaking (very eerie!), it actually stayed dry for our entire walk. And another plus point was that we had the place pretty much to ourselves 😉
Re-tracing my steps from a previous walk gave me the opportunity to try out the ‘Follow’ function on the Viewranger mobile app and I loved having visibility of where I was walking vs last time. I now knew how this function worked for others wishing to follow my routes and I was really excited about sharing this and all my previous outings with everyone.
To read my other River Ayr Way walk reports click HERE