Walk 224 – Ardrossan High Road – 6.5 miles

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A circular countryside walk starting at the beach north of Ardrossan and then heading up onto the Ardrossan High Road towards West Kilbride. The return section takes you across pleasant farmland. On a clear day you will be rewarded with stunning views across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran.

TERRAIN: Sandy beach, roadside pavements, country roads and farm tracks which are sometimes boggy. A couple of fairly steep hills. Several gates.

Parking at North Shore, Ardrossan. If travelling by public transport, it is approx 1 mile walk (or short bus journey) from Ardrossan South Beach Train Station to where the route joins Dalry Rd* so I suggest starting the walk there.

WALK REVIEW: 8th January 2023

Friends who live in Ardrossan suggested taking me along a route I’d never tried before, which of course I was well up for. I want to add more Ayrshire walks to my website this year and that area is as yet undiscovered by me with the exception of the beaches.

There was an exceptionally high tide on the day we walked this route which meant that we couldn’t walk on the beach. Instead we used the recently widened pavement/cycle path along the A78. The wind was strong and was blowing spray from the water onto our faces which was…. refreshing….. The route is very exposed on a wild day, both down here on the coast and also on the Ardrossan High Road.

High tide preventing access to the beach
The prevailing wind direction being beautifully demonstrated by this tree! There are several wind farms near by which I am told you can walk to from here so I will be sure to check that out another day.

As you might expect with starting at sea level and walking along a “High Road”, there are a fair few hills on this route. Having done barely any exercise over the festive season it was a shock to the system when my friends set off at an astounding pace of 3 miles per hour – about double what had become my normal pace wandering around the local woods with my kids. They had a good solution for making the uphill sections feel less of a struggle: playing name games. One example was saying any girls names you could think of which are also the name of a tree/plant. It did work to be fair…. However I suggested that another solution would be to walk slower when going uphill 😀

Gorgeous view from Ardrossan High Road, even though not the clearest of days

On reaching the farmland section we had a conversation about how varied this walk is. As you start to tire of walking along the beach you are whisked off into a residential area. When your enthusiasm for that is beginning to wane you find yourself on a quiet country road. And just as you are wondering how much longer that goes on, hey presto you are crossing farm tracks. Ideal really!

Start of the farm track section at Meadowhead

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