The town of Dalry A view looking SouthEast from Lynn Bridge A view above Lynn Glen A view of Lynn Glen Falls A view at the start of Doggartland Walk A view of Doggartland Walk A view looking west from Doggartland Path A view of Doggartland Path A view of Velvet Path A view of the hills above Auldmuir A view south from Auldmuir A view of the countryside around Auldmuir A view of Baidlandhill and farms A view of path from Baidlandhill
Dalry Town
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Lynn Glen Walk at Dalry 3.5km. Starting from the Cross continue along Main Street and cross Roche Way into Vennel Street. Turning right onto the main Kilwinning Road continue to Saltcoats Road and turn right. Just over the Caaf Water at the Lynn Bridge is the start of the walk. There is also a small alternative Car Park just before the Lynn Bridge on the right for those needing better access. Take care crossing the Lynn Bridge. A plaque on Lynn Bridge commemorates 'Hughie's Field' and is a sister's tribute to her dead brother. The walk starts at the small iron gate in the field on the right just after the bridge. Shortly after the start of the walk a path dips to the right where stepping stones formerly offered a crossing. Continue on the south bank of the Caaf Water to pass a picturesque waterfall where a lade and remains of a mill can be seen. This beautiful glen is enhanced by native birch, hazel rowan and the the burn is the haunt of a number of birds including wagtails, dippers and the occasional kingfisher. At the head of the walk a bridge crosses to Pinnoch Point or 'Peden's Pulpit' named after the famous Covenanting preacher who was said to have delivered sermons from this commanding rock. Returning along the north side of the glen the walk passes the site of West Lynn which was the home of Dalry-born artist George Houston RSA (1869 - 1947).

Doggartland Walk at Dalry 4km. Starting from the Cross continue into North Street before turning right onto the main Kilbirnie Road. After about half a mile, before the road crosses the Rye Water turn left immediately after Johnstone Castings. Very soon this becomes a pleasant woodland path which soon climbs to leave the burn. On the right is the Rye Water which drains the countryside from the Hindog Glen above the town.The main gravel road continues to the left at the fork to Ryefield House. The Doggartland Walk follows straight ahead beyond the entrance to Ryefield Stables. Doggartland Farm is to the right. Follow the path past the Stables on the left to more open farmland.The path, known locally as the Doggartland, continues past a farm gate to meet the road leading to Cunningham Baidland Farm. Continue West to the Flashwood Bridge, a small bridge at Flashwood Farm. Take the road on the left to head back down to Dalry. On the left is the Putyan Burn and its little waterfalls.At the bottom of the main road go left to head back to the Cross. Alternatively continue onto one of the other paths that meet at Flashwood.

Velvet Path Walk at Dalry 4.5km. This is a short circular walk which follows part of the same route as the Baidlandhill Walk. Follow the path from the centre of Dalry turning onto Wingfaulds Road just at the cemetery. Follow the road past the houses into the countryside.Shortly before you turn left onto the track you may spot the remains of an old bridge over to Broadlie House which sits up among the trees. Broadlie was commissioned by John Fulton who in 1892 was one of the first in Ayrshire to produce electricity for electric lighting on the property.There are one or two little waterfalls on the Putyan Burn close by.The Velvet Path gained its name when it was a green, grass-carpeted track. This pleasant lane through old hedgerows rises slowly to meet the road after about half a mile. The path emerges between the hedgerows near Baidland Mains Farm, one of the best examples of an early 17th century Ayrshire farmhouse.Admiring the hill views to the North and watching for birds and wildlife in the hedgerows, make your way to the right past Baidland Mill. At the junction turn right and keep right to eventually pass Flashwood Farm (where it meets the return route from the Doggartland Walk).Shortly you pass the entrance again to the Velvet Path and retrace your route back to Dalry.An alternative is to turn left over Flashwood Bridge and return via the Doggartland Walk by going through the gate at the old limekiln. You will be doing this walk in reverse but it is a straight forward descent to the main Kilbirnie road where you turn right to continue to The Cross. This will give you a walk of about 4 miles).

Baidlandhill Walk at Dalry 12km. S tarting from the Cross in the historic centre of Dalry. The 50m spire of St Margaret's Church dominates the scene. Other buildings include the crow-stepped bank, the library in the former town hall and the Trinity Church. Most date from the 1850's. The granite Biggart Fountain is also worth noting.Continue into North Street, cross Roche Way, walk along James Street and take the first right on to the West Kilbride road - turning right into Wingfaulds Road at the cemetery.Beyond the houses on the left the route follows a pleasant country road gradually uphill. As you continue on the right is Broadlie House, one of the first in Ayrshire to generate electricity for its own lighting in 1892. Past Meikle Broadlie on the left is a farm gate leading onto the Velvet Path Walk. Continue until you meet the public road and turn right to pass Baidland Mill. At the T-junction turn left up the hill towards Baidlandhill Farm visible at the top. The views develop as you climb above the town and the valley beyond. Continue past Cubeside farm that sits on either side of the road. Beyond the entrance to Ward Farm is the final road section to Baidlandhill Farm. Rest a while and take in the panoramic views of the valley. You can also see the coastal towns of Irvine and Troon beyond.Climb the stiles just before Baidlandhill Farm. The views of the Firth of Clyde are impressive and a short detour up to the masts will give an even greater panorama. Follow the track into a conifer forest and out of it again to the remote homestead of Wardlaw. Continue the descent turning left on the public road to pass Auldmuir and Baidland Mains before re-entering the Velvet Path to retrace your route to Dalry. Alternatively return by second part of the Velvet Path Walk.
Dalry Paths
Dalry, North Ayrshire is situated on raised ground between two tributaries of the Garnock, the Caaf and the Rye. The town appears to owe its birth to a market charter of 1681. Some fifty years later it was shown on maps as 'quite a substantial place irregularly developed between the Rye and Caaf Waters'. There are countryside walks and great hill views of the Ayrshire coast.
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