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Coodham Estate from Kilmarnock
distance 10.2km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -88m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

This route first crosses Caprington Golf Course and then makes use of paved roads and paths to reach the 95 acre Coodham Estate just outside Symington. Take time to explore the Estate’s many interesting features and paths including the lake, mansion, shrine and graveyard, before starting the walk back to Kilmarnock via the high road past Stafflar Farm.

Walking Loudoun Hill Circular ( Download : )
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Loudoun Hill Circular
distance 3.1km Vertical gain +71m Vertical drop -76m Durée 1h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

At just 361m elevation, the volcanic plug of Loudoun Hill near Darvel, is where Robert the Bruce had his first major military victory. Despite being small, it’s steep slopes certainly pack a punch and on a clear day the views from the top make it a must-do in the area. A favourite with children and adults alike!

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Lainshaw Woods & the Annick Water, Stewarton
distance 8.3km Vertical gain +52m Vertical drop -59m Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A scenic and varied figure of eight walk which follows the Annick Water on its journey through Stewarton, including through the town’s popular Lainshaw Woods and Cunningham Watt Park.

Walking Catrine to Sorn Loop ( Download : )
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Catrine to Sorn Loop
distance 7.59km Vertical gain +91m Vertical drop -91m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

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.

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Dismantled Railway Walk, Darvel
distance 11.13km Vertical gain +151m Vertical drop -147m Durée 3h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A linear walk from the village of Darvel along a fantastic disused railway track to the Spirit of Scotland Monument beneath Loudoun Hill.

Walking Ness Glen, Loch Doon ( Download : )
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Ness Glen, Loch Doon
distance 3.04km Vertical gain +49m Vertical drop -48m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

An astonishingly beautiful short walk through a deep wooded glen following the River Doon as it begins it’s journey between Loch Doon and the Firth of Clyde at Doonfoot, Ayr. Expect waterfalls a-plenty! Form a loop by returning to the start via the hill path. The footpaths are uneven and narrow in places and you can expect boggy conditions on the high path. Be sure to take a camera as there are MANY photo opportunities!

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Dean Castle Country Park via Borland
distance 4.37km Vertical gain +26m Vertical drop -26m Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in East Ayrshire

A beautiful countryside walk into the popular Dean Castle Country Park, taking in both Fenwick Water and Craufurdland Water. There are options to extend to visit the castle, Rural Life Centre, duck ponds and kids play area.