The Ayr Gorge Woodlands reserve is a steep ravine of sandstone cliffs covered mainly with oak, ash and some very old majestic beeches. It is one of the most important ancient woodlands in Ayrshire for invertebrates, plants, fungi and bats including Daubenton's and brown long-eared bats.
It is particularly noted for its abundant invertebrate life, supporting a number of Scottish rarities, including spiders and beetles.
This reserve is on the River Ayr Way walking route. Click here to visit the River Ayr Way website.
The reserve is at Failford village on the B743. From the centre of Ayr, take the A719 north east for about 3 miles to the junction with the A77. Continue straight over the roundabout onto the B743 Mauchline Road and continue to Failford.
The main entrance is at the west end of Failford village, on the south side of the road at the blue sign. The reserve can also be accessed from the opposite end via the River Ayr Way. There are surfaced paths on the reserve.
Please prevent dogs from hunting wildlife at all times of year, especially in the spring.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland (registered number SC040247), having its registered office at