Walking and cycling are the best ways to experience the real Ayrshire. The network of paths provides access to a range of environments from beaches to wooded glens, hilltops to riverside strolls. Paths range from around a kilometre to longer routes that can be tackled over a number of visits. In addition the National Cycle Route 7 passes through the length of Ayrshire and provides a safer and well signposted route for cyclists new and experienced.
Ayrshire has wildlife and scenery to enjoy from waves breaking on volcanic rocky shores to, wide sandy beaches, deep, green hillsides, lush golf courses, and narrow country lanes.
Around every corner you will find evidence of Ayrshire's historic roots. There are ruins that conjur up visions of the past, majestic castles to explore, standing stones, and names to fire the imagination like Sawney Bean - the cannibal, and Scotland's famous poet Robert Burns whose works reflect much of Ayrshire's life in the 18th Century.
Go to the Find a Path page and select one that suits your ability, your desired environment (eg beach or riverside), and is near to where you stay or are planning to visit.
Walking and cycling are ideal ways to enjoy Ayrshire, keep fit and see the real Ayrshire in an eco-friendly way - enjoy!