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Irvine Valley Trails

The Irvine Valley has a long history of providing its communities with the opportunity to explore the countryside. With around 120 miles (200km) of trails throughout the valley, there is a mix of historic Rights of Way, more recently built paths, a network of core paths, and some paths that you will only hear about with local knowledge!

The Irvine Valley Trail lets people get out into the countryside to enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise of trails and quiet country roads that anyone can enjoy. With the River Irvine running through the spine of the valley, and its high open moorlands, pockets of beautiful native woodland, and rolling hills, the valley is also home to a whole host of flora and fauna for the visitor to enjoy.


The trails link up the communities of Hurlford in the west, through Galston and Newmilns, to Darvel and Loudoun Hill in the east. They also give people access to Whitelee Wind Farm in the north, the River Ayr Way in the south, Kilmarnock in the west, and Strathaven with its surrounding settlements in the east.

There are 14 Valley Trails (illustrated in the map below) which can be walked individually or can be linked up to create longer routes. The distances of each individual walk vary in distance and difficulty and more details can be found by downloading the Trails leaflet using the link below. The paths are signposted and there is interpretation along the way so there is lots to discover and read about on the way. 

Download your Irvine Valley Trail Leaflet here