The Whithorn Way

in the steps of Saints, Monks & Monarchs


Ayr to Maybole

This section of the walk is 14.5 miles in length is setting off from the town centre and proceeding first to Alloway.

This route has two options and the one recommended for its variety and extensively greater off tarmac walking is the route via Dunure.

This can be split into two sections the first to Dunure harbour is 7.75 mile approximately and it follows for the majority of the way the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Before selecting this route however it is important to check the tidal times as at four points the walker has the potential of not getting round a headland due to the high tide. By using this link you can get a 7 day tidal prediction.

The second section is south east over the Carrick Hills and it follows a section of the Carrick Way. This part of the route is just over 6 miles but with a significant ascent for the initial third of this section.

From a point around the Blacktop Hill and just prior to entering into the forested section there are panoramic views looking back that take in NOrthern Ireland's Antrim Coast, the Mull of Kintyre, Arran and the Clyde Estuary looking north to the Isle of Bute.

This section was recently walked by several of the Steering Group and below are some images from that walk.

Places of interest on this overall section are St Leonard's Church, Brig o' Doon and Old Alloway Kirk, Dunure Harbour and the Carrick Centre.

Church 1
Church 2
Church 3

Brig o' Doon


Heads of Ayr


Above Bracken Bay

Church 1
Church 2
Church 3

Above Fisherton Cliffs


Dunure Harbour


Dunure castle

Church 1
Church 2
Church 3

View over Clyde to Arran


Blacktop Hill Forest track


Carrick Way marker post with Whithorn Way Walkers

Church 1
Church 2
Church 3

Howmoor Quarry


Gate from Cycle Route 7 onto Hill route


Cycle Route 7 north west of Maybole

The alternative option that can be taken when the tide is high or when the weather is poor with low cloud is to follow Cycle Route 7 on mainly minor roads. Afer a common section with the Dunure walk to the south west of Alloway this option breaks with an initial short time on the A719 coastal road. Leaving the main road the route now passes on a single track road to the east of Brown Carrick Hill before passing through Garryhorn and Glenalmond then meeting up with the Dunure option at the gate shown in the above images.

The directional instructions are based on key points along the route which are defined using grid reference numbers. The relevant Ordnance Survey map relating to this section are Explorer No. 326. To download the directional instruction click on this link.

To proceed to the next section of the walk between Maybole and Girvan click on this link.


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