Just because we are going into another lockdown, doesn’t mean we need to be stuck inside.

Here are some of the best walks around Ayrshire to keep yourself active this winter.

Dunure to Ayr coastal walk (starting at Kennedy park in Dunure)

This is an amazing walk along the Ayrshire Coast where you will experience walking through varied terrain, including beaches, rocky outcrops, grassy farmlands and an old railway.

Before heading out on this walk it is essential to check the tide times before setting off, as if it is a high tide this could prevent you from walking through some sections.

Free parking is available at Dunure Harbour but there is limited space, or at Kennedy Park Dunure where there are charges.

This walk is 7.25 miles and takes around 4.5-5 hours to complete.

You can get the route in the Viewranger app.

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(Photo Credit: Gillian's Walks) 

Lang Scots Mile (Ayr seafront) 

Another amazing scenic walk along the seacoast starting at car park Miller’s Folly on Cromwell’s Fort, ending at Blackburn Car Park. The entire path is flat, so perfectly suitable for wheelchair users. This walk can be started at either end and is approximately 4.5 miles.

The Lang Scots Mile walk is slightly longer than the usual mile at 1,984 yards instead of the usual 1,760 as it continues alongside the promenade and along the side of the River Doon.

The walk takes around two hours to complete, and is easy enough for everyone to take part in.

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Smugglers Trail (South Beach Troon)

Smugglers Trail starts at Dundonald Castle, along an 18th century route as you pass through a reservoir, through Fullarton Woods, across Royal Troon Golf Course and finishing with a stroll along Troon beach.

There is a car parking available at Dundonald Castle.

Some people leave an extra car in Troon as well as walking back makes it roughly 14 miles in total.

This walk will take you through the woods, golf course and beach so a great mix of terrain. It’s advised to keep this one for a clear day as you can see amazing views across to the Isle of Arran.

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Lynn Glen, Dalry (KA24 4JT)

This is a great, short circular walk around the Caaf Water in the wooded glen with amazing natural waterfalls. Lynn Glen takes about 45 minutes to walk around, spanning just 1.25 miles.

There is a dedicated car park by Lynn Bridge, and public transport would take you into Dalry 1km away from the start.

This walk is a perfect one for families, especially as it’s dog friendly.

Watch out though as the paths can be slightly muddy at times depending on the weather, and there are some sets of stairs.

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Cornish Hill (South Ayrshire - KA6 7QE)

Cornish Hill is another fairly easy walk in Ayrshire, starting from the Stinchar Bridge to the top of the Cornish Hill and returning via the peaceful Lochside.

This path is dog friendly, and known to be a bit boggy in some places so make sure to have the proper footwear. 

The walk is about three miles long in total, with some ascent and descent.

All in all, it would probably take about 1.5 hours in total to complete.

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Eglinton Country Park (Kilwinning)

Last but certainly not least, Eglinton Country Park is another admirable Ayrshire walking route, where you can breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the spectacular rural views around you.

With three different walking routes ranging from 2.2 to four miles, you will be able to explore the full extent of the park and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

The routes vary from flat to steeper sections, with some muddy paths throughout the journey!

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