Ayrshire easily spans across a thousand square miles and tucked away are some of the best places in Scotland to take your furry friends. So here at LoveAyrshire we’ve found five of the best places to take your dog a walk.
Eglinton Park has over 400 hectares spread between Kilwinning and Irvine and has loads of walks for you and your dog. Whether you fancy some roaming through the fields, a woodlands walk or a leisurely stroll through some of the garden areas, with free parking, a cafe, visitors centre and one of the best swing parks North Ayrshire has to offer we're sure you, your family and your canine companion will have a great day.
This is considered one of the best wildlife walks that Ayrshire has to offer. It takes about an hour to make your way round this Site of Special Scientific Interest and is perfect for one of those Sunday morning walks to clear away some of the Saturday night cobwebs. You make your way from Failford, travel along the River Ayr and eventually circle back around to where you started all the while taking in some truly wonderful feats of nature. With spots for a picnic this is one of the only spots in the world where you can see at least thirty Scottish rarities including spiders, trees and fungi. Perfect for walking the dog, getting some exercise and discovering something new.
This is a 37 hectare site in Ayr which during the year plays host to some great Ayrshire events such as the “Burns n a’ That” festival and the “Ayr Flower Show.” It is full of flat open spaces so your dog can get off the lead and burn off some of that energy while you can take your time. While you are there why not check out both of the art galleries Rozelle has to offer one of which which is the permanent home to a collection of 54 paintings based on Tam O’ Shanter. So if you and your Afghan Hound like Art then this may be one of the Ayrshire walks for you.
The Ness Glen walk is a 1.7km walk just outside Dalmellington and Loch Doon. A casual pace on this trail will probably take about an hour and a half but there are some fantastic sites for you and your dog to see. This is by no means an easy walk and you should take care while walking on some of the more slippery paths but it is very rewarding. Chances are you will see flycatchers, buzzards and from time to time you may even hear the odd cuckoo. There are some portions of this walk that you should maybe keep Rover on the lead. The cliffs that overlook the River Doon are stunning but maybe not the safest for your dog.
Ardrossan North Beach
On a clear day and when the tide is out the North Beach in Ardrossan stretches for miles. So it’s the perfect place to let the dog off its lead and let them burn off some energy. There is a mix of rocky and grassy areas on the beach and as an added bonus some benches dotted along the coast next to the cycle track. This walk offers some breathtaking views of Arran and of the Calmac Arran ferry coming in and out of harbour on an hourly basis. Make sure you take a towel though because there is every chance you’ll be cleaning sand out your back seat for weeks.
Is there any of Ayrshire’s great dog walks we’ve missed out then let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading.