Phytophthora disease is killing the larch trees so they have to be felled. The felling has been executed but the timber is still being extracted. All going well, this is scheduled for completion by 31 October 2023. There may still be temporary path closures and diversions so please obey safety signage and verbal or visual instructions from the contractor; keep out of the work site and be alert for vehicles moving on the reserve. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this essential work.
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.
- Ancient woodland
- River walks
- Birds and bats
- Invertebrates and fungi
Best time to visit?
- All year for woodland and river walks
- Spring for birds
- Summer for bats and invertebrates
- Autumn for fungi
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 – find out more about the River Ayr Way by clicking here.