This largely traffic-free route from the railway station in Kilmarnock to the ferry port of Ardrossan follows disused railways and riverside paths through Irvine and towards Kilwinning passing the Garnock Floods Nature Reserve and Eglinton Country Park.
The route then heads east on minor roads to Stevenston before rejoining a traffic-free path following the sand dunes and giving wide, sweeping views across the Irvine Bay towards the Isle of Arran. At Ardrossan, you can take your bike on the ferry to the Isle of Arran, known as ‘Scotland in miniature', where the route continues from Brodick to Lochranza. The route provides a fantastic opportunity to explore this part of Ayrshire.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.
To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.