Ayr Gorge Woodlands

A steep ravine covered with oak, ash and larch woodland that has remained relatively undisturbed for centuries. One of the most important ancient woodlands in Ayrshire for invertebrates, plants, bats and fungi.

A key location on the River Ayr Way walking route. Click here to visit the River Ayr Way website.

Brown long-eared bat (c) Hugh Clark, Bat Conservation Trust

Why visit?

  • Ancient woodland
  • River walks
  • Woodland/river birds and bats
  • Invertebrates and fungi

Best time to visit?

  • All year for woodland/river walks
  • Spring for birds
  • Summer for bats/invertebrates
  • Autumn for fungi

Visit for:

  • Mammals
  • Scenery
  • Geology
  • Woodlands
  • Birdwatching

Directions

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.

Getting onto the reserve

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.

Getting round this reserve

Please prevent dogs from hunting wildlife at all times of year, especially in the spring.

 

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