Stage 6 Dunure to Ayr

Kennedy Park – Dunure Harbour – Beach track to Fisherton Bay – cliff top path and old railway track – Heads of Ayr Caravan Park – Bracken Bay – Heads of Ayr Shore – Butlin’s Bay – Deil’s Dyke – Greenan Castle shore – Doonfoot Bridge – Blackburn Car Park – Wellington Square – St John’s Tower – Cromwell’s Fort – Loudoun Hall – Ayr Tourist Office, Sandgate – The Ancient Royal Burgh of Ayr

Distance: 14.3 km = 8.9 miles      Time: 4.5 hours

stage-6-mapWalking Summary: Moderate/Difficult – rocky escarpment/fields, livestock, rocky outcrops and shore, cliff top field path, railway track, sandy beach, promenade. Sensitive livestock area – Lambing and calving. Dogs not advised unless on close lead.
Four short Tidal Stretches.

6A. Branch Detour to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (Local Path): Deil’s Dyke – Greenan Cott – NCN7 east to A719 – Cycle way to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum – Doonfoot

Added Distance: 3.8 km = 2.4 miles

We strongly advise purchase of the Guide Book for a detailed description and map of the route. Plus OS Explorer Map 326.

Car Parks: Kennedy Park, Dunure (Apr-Sep) – Doonfoot – Ayr Seafront

Transport: Good hourly bus service to Ayr.

Historical: Dunure Harbour – old port for sail-driven herring boats. Dunure Castle – main Kennedy Clan coastal castle. Birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Poet – Alloway Auld Kirk. Auld Brig o Doon, St John’s Church Tower – seat of Bruce’s first Parliament. Cromwell’s Fort. Loudoun Hall – Ayr’s oldest house. Lady Cathcart’s House – Birthplace of John Loudoun McAdam.

General: Dramatic views of Ailsa Craig, Ireland, Kintyre, Arran. Ayr Harbour. Ayr Beach – Popular in summer.

Nature: Roe Deer. Raptors. Finches and warblers. River Doon Estuary resident and migrating birds. Seals often seen, occasionally basking sharks and otters. Coastal geology. Raised beaches, agates, yellow sandstone and lava cliffs with smugglers’ caves.

Eating/Provisions: Dunure – restaurant and pub. Heads of Ayr Caravan Park Shop (summer). Doonfoot Store – 500m up river from Doonfoot bridge. Seafield Store/Post Office – 100m east of dinghy ramp. Town Centre shops, pubs, and restaurants. Ayr Seafront.

Public Toilets: Dunure Castle – Kennedy Park (Apr-Sep 0900 – 1900). Ayr Blackburn Car Park (Apr-Sep 1000 – 1900). Pavilion Low Green (All year 1000 – 1900). Arthur Street off Sandgate (All year 1000 – 1900).

Accommodation: Dunure and Farm B&Bs. Camping at Heads of Ayr Caravan Park. Visit Ayr Tourist Office for information. Town Hotels and B&Bs. Camping – Craigie Caravan Park – north side of River Ayr. See the accommodation section for more information.