This is an incredible walk along one of the most rugged sections of the Ayrshire Coast. You will experience varied terrain including beaches, rocky outcrops, grassy farmland and a disused railway. Prepare yourself for stunning views and a unique sense of remoteness.
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CHECK THE TIDE TIMES BEFORE SETTING OFF, AS A HIGH TIDE COULD PREVENT YOU FROM PASSING SOME SECTIONS OF THIS WALK.
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Parking available at Dunure harbour (free but limited space) or at Kennedy Park, Dunure (chargeable)
Route: Start by walking around Dunure harbour and across the village’s short sandy beach. At the end of the beach you will see a narrow path going up through the rocks and then come to a gate at which point the path leads up onto the grassy embankment, away from the beach. Instead of way markers the route from here is marked out by large white circles painted onto the rocks. You will pass through farmland and eventually be led down onto the rocky coastline. Pick your way through the boulders enjoying the stunning views as you go and at the far end of the beach the path leads steeply uphill through a narrow gully up into more farmland. The next section is along a disused railway line and offers easy walking with spectacular views down onto Bracken Bay. The track takes you past Heads of Ayr caravan park across a field before descending onto the sandy and rocky beach that is Bracken Bay. As you reach the far end of this beach you will go around a rocky outcrop and emerge to a panoramic view comprising the town of Ayr in the far distance, Craig Tara caravan park, and your first sighting of the ruins of Greenan Castle. Follow the coastline as it weaves in and out to eventually pass beneath the castle and emerge onto a sandy beach. Walk along it for approx half a mile, finding your way inland to walk through a small car park and across the River Doon bridge. From here follow the esplanade at Ayr until you reach Seafield. There is a car park opposite Cafe India which marks the end of the walk.
Having walked the whole 100 miles of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, this section is one I keep coming back to. I simply love it’s rugged beauty and the feeling of remoteness I get during it. To some degree you are at the mercy of Mother Nature since it is the type of walk on which there is little option for bailing out should conditions become less than favourable and there are several tidal stretches which become impassable at a high tide. It is definitely a walk best left for a dry day, preferably with clear visibility to make the most of the stunning views. Most definitely a walk which I would put into the challenging category thanks to the terrain involved; sturdy footwear is a must.
Look out for cows (sometimes ON the path near Fisherton), sheep & lambs (particularly along the disused railway), rabbits, pheasants and tons of seabirds!
There are public toilets in Dunure at Kennedy Park which I recommend using before you set off. There are none on the route. Free of charge though and clean (I believe they have won an award in the past!)