South Carrick Trails

Forests & Woodlands

    The South Carrick Trails consist of five paths, ranging from family strolls to scenic hikes for ambitious walkers.

    Changue Forest Trail takes you through the heart of Changue and boasts excellent views of the Polmaddie Hills, which rise to over 1,800 ft. Although the Changue Forest Trail is a cycling route, hikers will most definitely find it a worthwhile walk.

    The Dinmurchie Trail combines forest and open hills, and it gives a marvellous view of the picturesque village of Barr. If you are lucky, you may see some of the forest wildlife such as deer, fox, hare, kestrels and buzzards.

    Fairy Knowles Trail passes through attractive waterfalls and pools, and Kirstie's Trail follows the delightful Water of Gregg.

    Following the Devils Trail leads to the ‘devil's footprints’, which, as legend has it, was the site of a battle between the Laird of Changue and the devil. To defend himself, the laird placed his Bible at his feet and drew a circle in the dirt around him using his sword. If you look carefully, you can still see the devil's footprints, the circle drawn by the sword and the mark of the Bible in the grass.


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    • Picnic Area

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Vicarton Street Railway Station in Girvan, turn right onto the A77 heading north. At the roundabout, take the second exit on to the B741 (signposted for Barr). Continue forward, for approximately 8 miles, to Dailly.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From the roundabout at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, take the first exit onto A79, then at the next roundabout take the third exit onto Monkton Road, and continue forward into Ayr. After approx. 1.5 miles, at the roundabout for Ayr College, take the third exit onto Station Road. Take the second exits at the next two roundabouts, and then at the first junction, turn left onto Beresford Terrace (signposted Stranraer). After approx. 0.5 mile, branch left onto St Leonard's Road (A79) and continue forward. At the end of A79, turn right at the T-junction onto A77. Continue straight on A77 (passing Maybole and Kirkoswald). Before entering Girvan (after crossing the Water of Girvan), take the first exit at the roundabout onto B741 (signposted for Barr).

    Getting there by ferry:- The nearest ferry terminal is at Cairnryan (arriving from Larne, Northern Ireland). From the terminal, follow the A77 northbound Girvan. At the roundabout after Vicarton Street Train Station in Girvan, take the second exit on to the B741 (signposted for Barr). Continue forward, for approximately 8 miles, to Dailly.

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