Walking in South Ayrshire

This part of Scotland has often been described as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, you could be on a mountain ridge, a coastal path, a forest trail or a moorland track. You may be following in the footsteps of saints, pilgrims, Roman soldiers, cattle drovers or gold prospectors. One thing is certain, you will enjoy a spectacle of nature never enjoyed by those who stay in their car.

Cosses pondWalking in the Local Hills

You can walk to the highest point in the area, about 7-8 miles round trip, from Cosses Country House. ‘Beneraird’, an outstanding hill of 1,435 feet, on which stands a considerable Cairn (stone fortification). The path to it is part of the old road from Ballantrae to New Luce, and the view from the summit is remarkable with vistas extending from the Isle of Man to Arran; Ballantrae lies to the Northwest, Lagafater and its gleaming lochs nestle in the depths of the south, and all around is a vast panorama of mountains, valleys and moorland with the Merrick and Mountains of Fleet to the east.

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Download the following maps of walks around Cosses Country House:

Southern Upland Way

Opened in 1918, this cross country path is 212 miles long, covering some of the wildest landscape in southern Scotland starting from Portpatrick. Sections of it can be walked in a day from Portpatrick or New Luce.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

Wonderful coastal walks from Ayr to Stranraer. South of Glenapp the Ayrshire Coastal Path Path connects with the Lochryan Coastal Path which takes walkers as far as Stranraer and the Southern Upland Way. We at Cosses Country House will provide transport to Glenapp Church which enables the walker to do the route to Ballantrae.

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The Pilgrims Way

Follow the route that pilgrims used to take from Glen Luce to visit the priory of St Ninian at Whithorn at the south of the Machars.

Glen Trool Forest Park

Carrick Forest Trails

From the village of Barr you can go walking and cycling on the many forest trails including the Stinchar Falls, Barr Trails and Cornish Hill.

Galloway Forest Park

Near Newton Stewart there are a wide range of tracks and trails in the park including the magnificent Glen Trool and Clatteringshaws and Bruce’s Stone.