Discover some of south west Scotland's best hidden gems on a private guided walking experience. Take the hassle out of navigating whilst learning about local history, flora and fauna.
Considered a Walking Ambassador for the Ayrshire region by the 11,000 people who follow Gillian's Walks on social media, Gillian is passionate about showcasing the walking opportunities the area has to offer. You are in safe hands: Gillian has been leading walks since 2017 and is a certified Lowland Walk Leader. This means that she has undertaken nationally accredited training and assessment to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland. Gillian is also a voluntary member of the Ayrshire Coastal Path Management Board so has a particularly specialist knowledge about this long distance trail.
Group walks can be booked for 2-25 people and routes can be tailored to your available time and previous walking experience.
Gillian's Walks can advise you on travel options from/to your accommodation and can also assist with recommending local taxi or minibus/coach companies on request.
Prices start from £25 per person depending on group size and route chosen.
Popular experiences include:
WOODLAND WALK - AYR GORGE & PEDEN's COVE
A 3.5 mile walk through a dramatic red sandstone gorge along the River Ayr. This ancient woodland is rich in native plant and tree species. Stop at Peden's Cove viewpoint and learn about the history of this location and its links to famous Covenanter Alexander Peden. Pay a visit to Highland Mary’s Monument – the last meeting place of Robert Burns and the great love of his life, Mary. Option to add a traditional pub lunch or drink at the end of the walk.
COASTAL WALK PRESTWICK & TROON
Suitable for most levels, this 7 mile flat walk between two popular coastal towns takes you up close to two of Ayrshire's links golf courses: Royal Troon and Prestwick. Try some award-winning ice cream and learn a little of the Smuggling history of this area. This is a circular route starting and ending at Prestwick Train Station.
COASTAL WALK DUNURE TO DOONFOOT
A more challenging 6 mile route along one of the most spectacular and rugged sections of the Ayrshire coastline. It begins in the pretty fishing village of Dunure where you have the opportunity to visit the 15th Century castle ruins. If the weather is on our side you will enjoy panoramic views across the Firth of Clyde towards the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. The walk finishes close to Greenan Castle - another opportunity to delve into the history of this area.
ISLAND ADVENTURE - CUMBRAE & MILLPORT
Start with a short ferry trip across from Largs to Great Cumbrae then enjoy discovering some of the quieter parts of this popular island with a 7 mile walk to its highest point to soak in panoramic views of the nearby islands of Arran and Bute. You will then walk down into Millport - the island's only town - where there is the opportunity to see Britain's smallest cathedral as well as the iconic Crocodile Rock. This route is buggy-friendly as long as you don't mind a bit of uphill pushing!
More information including what you should bring with you and our Terms & Conditions, can be found here: https://gillianswalks.com/private-guided-walks/
Please get in touch for a tailored itinerary and quote.
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