GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

River Ayr Walk

40 miles (65 km)

This fantastic riverside walk follows the whole length of the River Ayr from its source at Glenbuck Loch to the town of Ayr, on the southwest coast ofScotland. The waymarked trail runs for about 40 miles on good footpaths, visiting several interesting villages, historic sites, riverside villages and wooded gorges. The long distance footpath was officially opened in 2006 by broadcasterFred Macaulay, and is now designated as one ofScotland's Great Trails byScottish Natural Heritage.As of 2018 about 137,000 people were using the path each year, of whom about 41,000 walked the entire route.
The walk starts at Glenbuck Loch in east Ayrshire. The "Loch" is in fact a dam created in 1802 by James Finlay for hisCatrinecotton works. From here you can pick up the trail and follow it west towards the town of Muirkirk. The trail continues west to the village of Sorn where you will pass Sorn Castle. The castle comprises a medievaltower house, which was extended over the years, and remodelled in theScots Baronialstyle byDavid Brycein the 1860s. It is protected as a category Alisted building.
The next stage passes Catrine and Mauchline before coming to the noteworthy Failford Gorge. This area includes a woodland nature reserve located ina steep ravine of sandstone cliffs. These ancient woods contain a wide variety of flora and fauna and some nice river footpaths.
After exploring the gorge the route continues to Stair and Annbank before coming to the coast at Ayr.
In Ayr the route links with the wonderful Ayrshire Coastal Path. You can continue your walking by picking up the waymarked trail and exploring the coast. Heading north will take you to Prestwick and Troon. Heading south will take you to the Heads of Ayr and the dramatic Culzean Castle Country Park.

River Ayr Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

River Ayr Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Glenbuck Loch - - 982168

Glenbuck Loch. The loch was formed in 1802 with the construction of two earthen dams at either end of the narrow glen, and it is the watershed for the River Ayr to the west and the Douglas Water to the east. This is the southeast part of the loch to the north of the former Caledonian Railway Line. Glenbuck Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Muirkirk Angling Association has the use of the loch for trout fishing.

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The River Ayr Way heading towards Haugh.

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Looking across the moorland, towards Tincorn Hill.

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Near Kames, looking north-east.

Take to the Air on the Ayr Way - - 1537310

Take to the Air on the Ayr Way In August 2005 the River Ayr Way was being extended eastwards from Muirkirk towards Glenbuck along the line of the old Caledonian Railway line from Lanark. This part of the line had closed completely in October 1964. East of Crossflat farm there was a gap in the path where a railway bridge had been demolished, leaving only the abutments. It is believed a wooden footbridge is now in place and walkers no longer need to be Olympic long jump specialists.

Sorn Castle from the River Ayr Way - - 519591

Sorn Castle from the River Ayr Way

River Ayr Gorge woodlands - Ballochmyle

The River Ayr woodlands, Ballochmyle Viaduct, Mauchline, East Ayrshire, Scotland.

River Ayr Way at Ayr - - 347304

River Ayr Way at Ayr

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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