Catrine to Sorn Loop

Follow the River Ayr along a pleasant woodland trail to Sorn, passing through Catrine Voes Local Nature Reserve and alongside the historic Catrine Weir. On reaching Sorn, cross the humpbacked ‘Auld Brig’ before passing through part of the village and into the “Spooky Woods”. The return route to Catrine is via Chapel Brae, a pleasant single track road which passes Catrine War Memorial.

Technical sheet
No. 22042569
A East Ayrshire walk posted on 17/05/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 18/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h25[?]
Distance Distance : 7.59km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 91m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 91m
Highest point Highest point : 148m
Lowest point Lowest point : 98m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : East Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.504522° / W 4.331251°
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Chapel Brae Woodland Path, Catrine Catrine Weir

Description

(D/A) From the car park on Wood Street in Catrine, head North East along Wood Street then turn left onto Ayr Street, following the River Ayr along for 160m to a fork.

Turn left (North East) and walk along St Cuthbert’s Street.

(1) At the end of the first terrace of houses 200m along, cross the bridge on your right (South) then turn left (East) to enter Catrine Voes and Woodlands Local Nature Reserve.

(2) At the end of the footpath continue straight ahead to cross a small car park then turn right (East) to cross a bridge over the River Ayr.

After crossing the bridge turn left (North West) to pass Catrine Weir. The footpath then continues through a pleasant woodland with the River Ayr on your left-hand side to emerge onto a minor road after 1.7km.

(3) Turn left (North) and follow the road downhill for 300m to the Auld Brig in Sorn.

Cross the bridge (North East) and turn right (East) onto B743/Main Street.

(4) Shortly after passing the Sorn Inn, (approx 600m) look for a residential lane on your left which leads North past a kids play area towards a wooden kissing gate on the hillside.

Follow the gravel track as it zig zags uphill towards the “Spooky Woods”. After only 150m at a fork at the top of the hill keep left (West) onto a wider track.

(5) This pleasant woodland walk crosses a bridge after which you should continue ahead (North West) to emerge onto a minor road called Dalyearnoch Road.

Turn left (West) to to arrive at the B743/Main Street beside Sorn Parish Church.

Turn right (North) and take care walking along B743/Main Street for 830m, passing the entrance to Sorn Castle.

(6) Turn left (South West) onto the quieter, single track road - Chapel Brae.

(7) On reaching Catrine War Memorial approximately 1.7km down the road, move onto an earth track on your left-hand side which runs parallel to the road but passes through some trees.

(8) 100m along this path turn left (South East) to descend back into Catrine via a footpath and set of steps. Ignore a right turn about halfway down.

On reaching the road turn right (South West) onto Ayr Street, and take the first turn on the left onto Wood Street.

At the end of the road you will find the car park on Wood Street (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 98m - Car Park on Wood Street, Catrine (KA5 6RJ)
1 : km 0.53 - alt. 106m - Bridge and entrance to Catrine Voes
2 : km 0.85 - alt. 104m - Bridge over River Ayr
3 : km 2.91 - alt. 117m - Auld Brig, Sorn
4 : km 3.72 - alt. 131m - Kissing gate
5 : km 4.25 - alt. 128m - Bridge
6 : km 5.33 - alt. 148m - Left turn onto Chapel Brae
7 : km 7.08 - alt. 111m - Catrine War Memorial
8 : km 7.18 - alt. 121m - Footpath back into Catrine
D/A : km 7.59 - alt. 98m - Car Park on Wood Street, Catrine (KA5 6RJ)

Useful Information

Transport

  • By car: public car park on Wood Street, Catrine (KA5 6RJ)
  • By bus: local bus services to Catrine with stops on B705 close to the start of the walk

Terrain
A mix of woodland paths, pavements and surfaced roads without pavements. Some hills and steps. Note that there is a 800m section along B743/Main Street in Sorn which although a minor road can be busy with traffic with some blind corners, take care.

For more information and a walk review visit Gillian's Walks

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Catrine Voes and Weir
  • River Ayr
  • Sorn Castle
  • Sorn Auld Brig
  • Village of Sorn
  • Sorn Inn
  • Catrine War Memorial

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