Walking in Ayrshire and Arran

One of the best ways to explore Ayrshire and Arran is on foot, making use of the splendid network of paths and trails. Walk the Ayrshire land which Scotland’s National Bard; Robert Burns called home or discover the Isle of Arran, often referred to as Scotland in Miniature due to its highland and lowland areas with mountain ridges, golden beaches and a fascinating history packed into one small space. From the tranquil woods of Ayrshire to the highest peak on the stunning Isle of Arran, there are many opportunities to get out and explore this wonderful region and breathe the fresh sea air.

Here are two of our favourite walks; the Burns Trail explores Alloway, the birth place of Robert Burns, and the surrounding woodland and parks on this circular route. Following paved paths, allow extra time to investigate all the Burns connections along the route. The Devil’s Punchbowl a straightforward but strenuous linear walk climbing into the secluded corrie of The Devil's Punchbowl below the dramatic peak of Cioch na h-Oighe.

So if you’re planning a walking holiday in Ayrshire and Arran why not stay in a pub? Pubs are a great alternative to hotels and traditional B&B’s giving visitors a special experience incomparable to your average hotel. Pubs don’t just offer a warm comfortable bed after a long day walking but also offers delicious food and drink combined with the chance to socialise with locals and other walkers.

With all the modern features such as flat screen TVs, Freeview, WiFi, comfortable bedding and tea and coffee making facilities you’ll be able to sit back and relax in your room after a long day out. In the evening choose from a range of home cooked dishes, from pub classics to meals with a twist. Meals are prepared by excellent chefs who use only the freshest locally sourced ingredients to give you a real taste of Ayrshire and Arran.

In the evenings there’s plenty to keep you busy, with pubs offering a warm fire in the winter or a beer garden in the summer you can relax after dinner with a pint of real ale. Staying in a pub in Ayrshire and Arran offers walkers the chance to find their own piece of paradise with many areas untouched and unspoilt.

To access a range of wonderful walks around the UK visit iFootpath by clicking below.

(Photo: ©VisitBritain / Dennis Hardley)

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