Walk 12 – Ayr Esplanade – 2.47 miles

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Until the 18th century, a mile in Scotland was longer than in England, hence “the lang Scots mile”

A pleasant walk along the coast starting at the far end of Ayr Esplanade to Doonfoot and back, all on surfaced footpaths. 

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  Parking available outside Horizon Hotel, Ayr (KA7 1DT). Parking there is free for up to 5hrs and it’s about the furthest along you can park at that end of the esplanade. There is other car park towards the middle of the esplanade if you wanted a shorter walk. Alternatively there is parking at Doonfoot towards the end of Castle Walk if you prefer to do the route in reverse. 

route image  Route: From the Horizon Hotel walk along the Esplanade all the way to the bridge at Doonfoot.  Just before the bridge you will see a path on the left at some information boards. This follows the River Doon a short way along to a waterfall and then on to Doonfoot Road/A719 where you will find The Secret Garden cafe and a Spar shop. Return via the same route. 

Ayr Esplanade

WALK REVIEW: 8th February 2016

Ayr beach is comprised of a mixture of golden sand turning to rugged rocky sections as you approach Doonfoot. This walk can be as long or a short as you want it to be – perhaps you will choose to walk The Lang Scot’s Mile! The full walk from the car park to the coffee shop and back it is around 2.5 miles. The warm welcome and cupcakes at our halfway point – The Secret Garden – made every step worthwhile, even the return leg in the pouring rain!

Halfway along the esplanade you will find a large play park and in the summer there is also a mini golf and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. I can highly recommend Pirate Pete’s Indoor Play Centre which you will find just off the esplanade on Pavilion Road.

View across the Firth of Clyde to Arran from the esplanade


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