With its long sandy beaches and rolling green hills, ancient castles and grand country estates, Ayrshire is a great place to explore on foot. The 40 walks in this book highlight many of the best places to enjoy stunning views and diverse wildlife, as well as discover the fascinating history and heritage of ‘Burns Country’.

This selection of walks offers surprising variety, from sedate shoreline strolls to rough heather moorland treks. Most routes begin and end in a town or village with public transport options.

96 pages / 105mm x 148mm / step inside the guide

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One of Scotland's most fertile regions, Ayrshire has it all – from beach to pasture, hill to forest, all interspersed with echoes of an industrial past. Shoreside fields produce some of the finest early potatoes around, and clifftop pastures are home to herds of Ayrshire cattle producing excellent meat as well as the key ingredient in the famous Dunlop cheese. Once the domain of Covenanters and latterly heavy industry, outdoor pursuits – including golf at several world-class courses – now draw visitors into the countryside that inspired Robert Burns. This guide contains forty moderate walks which offer surprising variety, from sedate strolls along sandy beaches to rough heather moorland and hillwalks. Most routes begin and end at a town or village with public transport options and welcoming accommodation to enable a thorough exploration of the surrounding countryside. The routes in this book are divided into four sections, each of which is introduced by a summary giving an overview of the area and a map showing the start point of each walk.


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