Irvine Valley Path Network

The Irvine Valley runs from the distinctive Loudoun Hill in the east, through Darvel, Newmilns, Galston, Hurlford and into Kilmarnock. Currently, there is almost 200km (120 miles) of paths through the area.

It is a walker’s paradise with a myriad of footpaths and quiet country roads through tranquil open countryside, high moorland, dappled riverside and shaded woodland, rich and diverse in wildlife which can be explored by foot, bike or horseback.

It also provides links to Whitelee Windfarm to the north east and the River Ayr Way to the south, as well as links to the National Cycle Network NCN73 which leads to Irvine and the coast.


Irvine Valley Walking Festival

Since 2002, the Irvine Valley Regeneration Partnership has hosted an annual walking festival which attracts over 600 participants and has walks suitable for all abilities. It’s a great opportunity to explore the area and find out more about the history, flora and fauna.



The Path Network has been identified following a study which resulted in the production of the Irvine Valley Path Network Route Assessment (Priorities, Standards and Proposals) by Ironside Farrar Environmental Consultants in October 2012.  The study was commissioned by the Irvine Valley Regeneration Partnership in partnership with East Ayrshire Council and Ayrshire Leader.

Since April 2016 the Irvine Valley trails project has:

~ Carried out a successful consultation process in which over 200 people commented on the proposals put forward in the Irvine Valley Route Assessment Document. The write up of the consultation process will soon be made public and available for comment.

~Surveyed many of the paths and remedial and construction costs have been estimated.

~Held meetings with land owners and user groups to further discuss the proposals and look at alternate routes where appropriate.

~Created an up to date map the status of the paths in the network and also the boundaries of many of the land owners.

If you have any comments or queries regarding the Irvine Valley Trails project please contact our Outdoor Access Officer Jim Williamson on’


Public Survey

Please complete our survey about the benefits of walking and cycling paths and routes and tell us how they could be improved to encourage greater use!

The National Walking and Cycling Network (NWCN) is a network of walking and cycling paths and routes throughout Scotland which provides opportunities for people to make local journeys or to travel further afield.  The network is made up of Scotland’s Great Trails, Scottish Canal tow paths and the National Cycle Network.

Over the next few years, Scottish Natural Heritage, in partnership with Sustrans, Scottish Canals and others will be working to develop and improve the National Walking and Cycling Network and we’re keen to find out how it’s being used at the moment, what people think of it and what benefits it provides.

Please tell us what you think by clicking on the link below and completing our survey.  It should only take a few minutes of your time and your feedback will be valuable in helping us plan the future development of the network. All responses to the survey will be entered into a draw for a £50 or £25 shopping voucher.

Thank you!

Link to general public survey