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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 important to check tide times before setting off on this walk**
Parking available at Dunure harbour (free but limited space), Kennedy Park, Dunure (chargeable, seasonal) and at Seafield, Ayr (free). Bus services between Dunure and Ayr. Train services to Ayr.
Route: Start by walking East then North around Dunure harbour and across the village’s sandy beach. At the north end of the beach you will see a narrow path going up through a gap in the rocks – follow this to a gate. Beyond the gate the path leads away from the beach, up onto a grassy embankment and winds in and out of the hillside on a faint footpath across the grassy farmland to arrive at a stile. Cross the stile then a small footbridge and continue along the path, to the brow of a hill. At the other side of the hill is a gully – follow the path down the gully and onto the rocky coastline. Pick your way through the rocks and pebbles, enjoying the stunning views as you go. At the far end of the beach the path leads uphill by way of some steps built into the steep Fisherton Gully. At the top of the gully go through a kissing gate onto a field. Turn left (North) to follow the field edge around to another kissing gate and into a second field. At the other side of this field is a kissing gate leading onto a disused railway line. Walk along the disused railway line for 1km, enjoying spectacular views down onto Bracken Bay where you are headed next. When you reach a caravan park, follow the path East along the edge of a field with a row of caravans on your right-hand side. On reaching some farm tracks, turn left (North) to follow them between two fields. Keep left (West) at a fork 200m along, descending onto Bracken Bay. Turn right (North East) to walk along the beach. As you reach the north end 500m along, you will go around a rocky outcrop called Heads of Ayr. Follow the coastline for 3km, passing beneath Heads of Ayr Caravan Park and arriving at the foot of Greenan Castle. 1km further along the beach look out for a path on your right-hand side going across the dunes to a car park. Pass through the car park and cross the footbridge over the River Doon. After crossing the bridge, continue ahead (North), to follow Ayr esplanade for 1km to reach the car park at Seafield, just opposite Cafe India.
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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.
There are public toilets in Dunure at Kennedy Park which I recommend using before you set off (I believe they have won an award in the past!) There are none on the route.
Look out for cows (sometimes ON the path near Fisherton), sheep & lambs (particularly along the disused railway), rabbits, pheasants and tons of seabirds!
Enjoy my photo tour below!