Ayr Walks

Brig o’Doon where in Robert Burns’s poem Tam o’ Shanter, Tam crossed on horseback, fleeing from the witches and warlocks.

Walks around Ayr including Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns.

  • Walk from Belleisle Park
  • Burns Trail, Alloway


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Car park at the start of each route as described in the guides below.

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Refreshments shown on route maps. See Tripadvisor below for many more.

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Bench seats along the Esplanade, in parks etc.

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Public toilets near the Esplanade at Seafield Road and also Pavillion Road next to Pirate Pete's (small charge).

Walking routes

Greenan Castle from NCN7

Greenan Castle from the NCN7 cycle path

Walk from Belleisle Park, Ayr
Start Belleisle Park - River Doon - Millenium Bridge - Greenan Castle - Alloway Burton cycle path - Robert Burns Birthplace Museum - Poet's Path - Alloway Village - Belleisle Park
8.4 km / 5.2 miles


1h 44m

Time avg. 3mph

Mostly traffic free paths and easy going. This walk leaves the park, passes alongside the River Doon to the shore, crosses over the Millenium Bridge and heads towards Greenan Castle on the NCN7 cycle path with great views to Arran. The route then crosses Dunure Road (take care here) and follows the Alloway Burton cycle path until you see a wooden bridge over the path. Turn sharp right before the bridge up a slope towards Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (cafe and new Scots Wa-Hey playpark). Then walk along the Poet’s Path with a giant Timorous Beastie and through Alloway village. On leaving the village look out for the path on the left into Belleisle Park and cross over the golf course to the car park. The restored conservatory and walled gardens are well worth a visit.

Burns Monument and Gardens

Burns Monument and Gardens entrance near Brig o’Doon Photo: CLIVE DRUMMOND

Burns Trail, Alloway

Start Burns Cottage - Poet's Path - Alloway Auld Kirk - Burns Monument and Garden - Brig o'Doon - Robert Burns Birthplace Museum - Poet's Path - Burns Cottage

2.1 km / 1.3 miles



Time avg. 3mph

A short walk around Robert Burns birthplace. You can buy tickets to view both the cottage and Burns museum at Burns Cottage and at the main Museum on Murdoch’s Lone. Starting from the car park at the cottage where Burns was born in 1759, go along Alloway village main street to view the front of the cottage. Retrace your steps back past the car park, straight through the mini roundabout. Enter Poet’s Path on the LHS. Just past the Timorous Beastie turn right along a short gravel path to the main road. Cross the main road and walk towards Alloway Parish Church. The Auld Alloway Kirk is across from this. Cross the main road again and head into Burns Monument and Gardens. Keep to the RHS of the gardens to a gate down some steps. This gives access to Brig o’Doon. Return to the garden and pass through a small gate at the top RHS of the garden which gives access to the rear of the main museum. After visiting the museum, walk out the front, cross the road and over a wooden bridge to Poet’s path. Retrace your steps back to the car park.