Walk 225 – Castle View Trail, Craufurdland Estate, Kilmarnock – 1.4 miles

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Get up close to Craufurdland Castle on this delightful short circular walk through the Estate's woodland and forest plantations.

TERRAIN: Mostly earth woodland trails, some boggy and uneven. No steps or stiles. No steep hills.

Print  Dog-friendly walk (as long as you don’t mind them getting muddy!)

  Car parking at The Laird’s Table, Craufurdland Estate (KA3 6BS). Please note that parking is for customers only – the cafe has a takeaway area round the side which is ideal for picking up a coffee and cake or a hot soup after your walk. No public transport to start point. Closest bus stop in on Glasgow Road (Southcraigs), 1.4 miles walk from the start point via Borland.

Route map - Castle View Trail, Craufurdland

WALK REPORT: 8th February 2023

Despite being extremely beautiful, Craufurdland woods is one of those places that many people in Kilmarnock have never visited. I myself only walked through it for the first time at the age of 34. I have since enjoyed many hours exploring the multitude of footpaths around the woods and was delighted when they developed the Castle View Trail which offers walkers a glimpse into the history of this Estate and access to areas which were previously “out of bounds” to the general public.

A really varied, well-signposted little walk.

I won’t say much more, I’ll just leave you with some photos from my experience walking the trail. Enjoy!

Craufurdland Castle behind old iron ornate gate

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