Walking the Route
The River Ayr Way is Scotland’s first source to sea path network which begins at Glenbuck and follows the river for 66kms (44miles) to the sea at Ayr passing through some of Ayrshire’s most stunning and varied scenery from open remote moorland to shaded river gorges. It can be walked over anything from 2 days to 7. Download the route breakdown to use as a guide to set your pace and plan your walk.
The River Ayr Way has inspired Robert Burns and helped William Wallace hide from English troops. It has created a village and powered an industrial revolution.
This area of beautiful Ayrshire is rich in history. Find out more about some of Ayrshire’s most famous worthies on this walk – William Wallace, Robert Burns, John Loudoun Macadam and Tibbie Pagan are just a few. Discover more of the rich industrial past of the area and the bloody Covenanting times.
The River Ayr Way is also home to a huge variety of wildlife on this walk including kingfishers, otters, heron, hen harrier, merlin, badgers, roe deer and black grouse. Have a look at our wildlife pages to find more.