Walk 169 – Fenwick and the Snowdrop Walk – 4 miles

Starting at Craufurdland Fishery, this route follows a recently created off-road path to Fenwick before using a series of country roads to reach the village’s main street. Roadside pavements lead you back out of Fenwick and into Craufurdland Woods via a suspension bridge. The final section through the woods can be particularly muddy so you may wish to do the walk in reverse to get it out the way first!  … More Walk 169 – Fenwick and the Snowdrop Walk – 4 miles

Walk 165 – Craufurdland Woodland Trail, Kilmarnock – 1.6 miles

There is something mystical, if a little eerie about the woodlands of Craufurdland Estate and it is my new favourite place to explore! This short 1.6 mile circuit takes you around some of it’s trails, avoiding the worst of the mud (still expect lots!), and along a high-level footpath above the Fenwick Water. Host of the popular Muddy Trials event, there are paths galore zig zagging through the trees meaning this the walk can easily be extended should you wish. You may even stumble across the Skrek swamp!  … More Walk 165 – Craufurdland Woodland Trail, Kilmarnock – 1.6 miles

Walk 163 – Ballochmyle Viaduct from Catrine – 3.7 miles

Hidden in a small woodland, discover one of the most extensive areas of ring and cup marks ever found in the UK. Then take a short walk along the River Ayr to the impressive Ballochmyle Viaduct. It is the highest masonry railway viaduct in Britain and even featured in a scene in the movie Mission: Impossible! Being on the Failford to Catrine section of the River Ayr Way means that you can extend the walk in either direction should you wish. Mostly earth footpaths and minor roads with one short section of uneven, boggy ground. … More Walk 163 – Ballochmyle Viaduct from Catrine – 3.7 miles

Walk 162 – Ness Glen, Loch Doon – 1.8 miles

An astonishingly beautiful short walk through a deep wooded glen following the River Doon as it begins it’s journey between Loch Doon and the Firth of Clyde at Doonfoot, Ayr. Expect waterfalls a-plenty! Form a loop by returning to the start via the hill path. The footpaths are uneven and narrow in places and you can expect boggy conditions on the hill path. Be sure to take a camera as there are MANY photo opportunities!  … More Walk 162 – Ness Glen, Loch Doon – 1.8 miles

Walk 137 – River Ayr Way (Catrine to Sorn loop) – 4.6 miles

Following the River Ayr Way along a pleasant woodland trail to Sorn, you will walk through the Catrine Voes and Woodlands Local Nature Reserve and past the historical Catrine Weir. Enjoy the view across to the majestic fourteenth century Sorn Castle, a bespoke wedding venue and home to the McIntyres. On reaching Sorn, cross the ‘Auld Brig’ before passing through part of the village and into the “Spooky Woods”. The return route to Catrine is via Chapel Brae, a pleasant single track road.  It passes Catrine War Memorial, from which you will be rewarded with fine views down to the village.  … More Walk 137 – River Ayr Way (Catrine to Sorn loop) – 4.6 miles

Walk 135 – Up the Bankers, Roon the Darvel Mast – 6 miles

A delightful loop across the quiet hillsides behind Darvel in the Irvine Valley, mostly along minor roads with short sections on gravel or earth tracks. It starts by following the Long Cairn Walk before branching off in the opposite direction to climb the Changue Road, or ‘mast road’. Here there is the option to walk to the Darvel transmitter mast before ending the walk by passing through the ancient woodlands of the Lanfine Estate.  … More Walk 135 – Up the Bankers, Roon the Darvel Mast – 6 miles

Walk 134 – Jacob’s Ladder, Newmilns – 4 miles

Jacob’s Ladder is a steep stone staircase set within a narrow alleyway between Kilnholm Street and Loudoun Crescent in Newmilns. It provides walkers with a shortcut to access the multitude of pleasant backroads on the hillside above the village. This route is one short example of the many loops which can be enjoyed after climbing the ladder!  … More Walk 134 – Jacob’s Ladder, Newmilns – 4 miles

Walk 119 – The Craigie Loop – 6.7 miles

On a clear day you will enjoy fantastic views as far as Ben Lomond on this walk! After an initial short section within the residential area of Shortlees in Kilmarnock, the route quickly heads out into the Ayrshire countryside where you remain for approximately 6 miles passing several working farms and through the village of Craigie. The entire walk is along quiet country roads however it is pretty hilly (promise it is all downhill after Craigie!) … More Walk 119 – The Craigie Loop – 6.7 miles