Ayrshire’s Natural Treasures

While it may not be as rugged and wild as other parts of Scotland, Ayrshire is home to many natural wonders and is a fantastic place to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors!

The River Ayr Way

THE RIVER AYR WAYCovering 44 miles, this long distance walking path is actually fairly manageable and can be completed over one weekend. The path takes you through some of Ayrshire’s most varied scenery, crossing lands steeped in history. Step in the footsteps of William Wallace or Robert Burns as you follow the River Ayr from its source at Glenbuck Loch, all the way to the coast. The area is rich in wildlife and if you keep you eyes peeled you may see badgers, otters and herons, among many others. The route can either be walked or cycled, but if the going get’s a little tough, have no fear. There’s a large selection of pubs along the way, as well as b&bs, guesthouses and hotels.

Galloway Forest Park

The North section of Galloway Forest Park offers a wealth of great trails to explore and the possibility to witness rare wildlife in its natural habitat. It’s also one of the best places to look at the stars, and with some of the darkest skies in Britain you’re bound to see some you never knew existed. Loch Doon sits on the edge of the forest, and offers more great views, while the walk through Ness Glen takes you through a spectacular, moss riddled, rocky gorge.

Culzean Castle and Country Park

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a Mediterranean sun garden on a tour of the Culzean Castle grounds. The exotic flora and palm trees can be attributed to the warm waters from the Gulf stream and will make you feel a world away from the cold, wild image of Scotland you might have had. The country park extends for over 600 acres of countryside, woodland, beaches and cliffs, full of marked trails for you to explore to your heart’s content.