Wandering though this delightful woodland, the impressive remains of Old Auchans House seem to appear out of nowhere. Now a category ‘A’ listed building, the mansion dates back to the 16th century and has been home to the Wallace, Cochrane and Montgomerie families over the years. There are two circular route options detailed below, both of which start and end at Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre.
Rural south Ayrshire at it’s best! Even the drive to the start of this walk is scenic and will leave you desperate to park up and head out! Awaiting you lie quiet country roads, muddy farm tracks and a steep ascent to the fantastic viewpoint atop Barony Hill (310m/1017ft). There is even an optional de-tour to visit the hidden remains of a impressive disused quarry and limekilns.
Easter is the perfect time for some family adventures in the great outdoors. Winter has given way to Springtime with longer days, daffodils and crocuses, newborn lambs and rising temperatures. Not to mention a lot of chocolate to work off! Here are my top picks to give you some inspiration for over the holidays….
A stunning circular route through the idylic south Ayrshire countryside, the Fairy Knowe Trail is most definitely one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Beginning either in Barr village or at the Trails Car Park, this walk follows a variety of forest tracks, mossy tree corridors, and hillside footpaths to reach a viewpoint known as the Fairy Knowe.
A combination of lowland hills and rocky coastlines: perfection in a walk! Starting in the picture-perfect fishing village of Dunure you will wind your way up into the Carrick Hills before descending to sea level to return to the beginning via one of the most stunning and rugged sections of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. On a clear day you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the summit of Brown Carrick Hill (287 m / 941 ft): the best vantage point in the area!
Also known as the curling stone walk, this loop in the Dailly countryside follows the course of the Lindsayston Burn through quirky woodland and a tricky area of felled trees before returning to the start via quiet country roads. Enjoy views as far as Ailsa Craig on a clear day, as well as across the farmland towards the ruins of the impressive Dalquharran Castle.
Whilst in the village of Straiton you cannot help but wonder about the obelisk atop Craigengower (331m / 1086ft). This circular walk takes you up it’s steep slopes to the summit before a more gentle descent towards the Water of Girvan, returning to the start via pleasant riverside and woodland trails. This walk can be very boggy. Several kissing gates and one stile on the route.
This is a circular walk beginning in the quaint rural Ayrshire village of Straiton. Initially the route heads uphill to follow rough and sometimes overgrown, boggy tracks through an area of forestry. Enjoy fine views down into the village and the Galloway hills beyond. The return leg of the walk loops back into Straiton on a variety of terrain including farm tracks, grassy fields and surfaced roads.
It’s that time of year when we are all looking for fun ways to fill the days. On a dry day nothing beats getting everyone outside for a bit of fresh air and exercise. But, where do you go?
A summary of my experience walking the 100 mile Ayrshire Coastal Path. Comes complete with 12 downloadable ViewRanger routes, concise route descriptions, photos and my own personal experience of the trail.