Bob Law’s Blog: Ayr Beach – walking and photography

Ayr Beach. Winter Light
For the first time in over ten years I visited Ayr and Ayr Beach. It makes a great walk, especially at low tide but even at high tide the beach is still accessible. There’s loads of history in Ayr itself and it’s a very pleasant easy walk from the breakwater pier and harbour area plus River Ayr development walkway.

A View of Ayr from Alloway

A view of Ayr from Alloway

Then head south along the beach in the direction of Doonfoot and Alloway, Childhood home of poet Robert Burns. You can either visit Alloway for the Burns experience trail, return to Ayr inland via the town public parks, they are both found upstream from the River Doon, or enjoy a much longer and wilder walk by continuing the Ayrshire Coastal Path past the Heads of Ayr to Dunure.
Greenan Castle. Heads of Ayr

Greenan Castle. Heads of Ayr

Return from Dunure by hourly bus service. There’s car Parking at Ayr Beach, Doonfoot and Greenan Shore and all three car parks are beside the shoreline.
Swan Parade. Ayr

Swan Parade. Ayr

Getting there from Glasgow

X77 express bus from Buchanan Bus Station runs every 30 mins or so to Prestwick and Ayr.It’s a five minutes walk to reach beach. 12 km walk to Dunure, allow 4 to 6 hours as rough going in places underfoot. It’s wild and remote with tide time knowledge essential to complete the walk safely. (BBC Weather. Tide Times for Ayr online.)
The Heads of Ayr

The Heads of Ayr

Half that distance and time for Ayr town and beach walks if travelling at pace, normally takes longer if visiting any attractions or places of historic interest on the way.
Ayr Coastal Path. Inland Section

Ayr Coastal Path. Inland Section

Heads of Ayr Coastal Path section only accessible at low tide.
Ailsa Craig. Ayrshire Coastal Path

Ailsa Craig. Ayrshire Coastal Path

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