South Ayrshire Paths Initiative

We are a community group dedicated to the development and promotion of a network of walking and cycling paths and routes in the area.

South Ayrshire is blessed with a stunning and wide ranging landscape from long sandy beaches and rugged cliff edged shores with views over to Arran and beyond to rolling hillsides with peaceful and welcoming villages. There are many opportunities to get outdoors and go walking and cycling, but like most places, there are some barriers, access issues, missing links etc. Our community group are working to improve walking and cycling infrastructure to provide easy, safe and attractive access to this landscape and its settlements.

Railway path near Heads of Ayr


Our community group are actively involved in various proposed improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure.


We want to spread the word about walking opportunities in South Ayrshire.  Find out about the Ayrshire Coastal Path, the River Ayr Way and the many walking routes in and around the towns and villages.

Ayr esplanade
Cycling near Barr


The area is popular with cyclists of all abilities due to its traffic free paths by the coast suitable for families with young kids and the quiet country roads in the hilly rural landscape popular with road cyclists. Read more about official and suggested cycle routes.

Read about the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (walkingdog walking and cycling) to learn how to exercise your access rights responsibly.