Gailes Marsh

Gailes Marsh features dry coastal grassland, marshland and a pond, all sheltered by mixed woodland. The species-rich grassland attracts many butterflies, bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects. Mining bees in particular find the conditions favourable for nesting.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Butterflies and bees
  • Insects and flowers of sandy habitats
  • Sand martin bank

Best time to visit?

  • Summer for birds, flowers and insects

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers

Other information

Gailes Marsh is one of the Irvine Greenspaces.



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How to get there


Leave the A78(T) at the Newhouse Roundabout and take the first exit signposted for Irvine. Go straight ahead at the next roundabout. The reserve is a short distance along Marine Drive, on the opposite side of the road to Glasgow Gailes Golf Club. Park on the grass beside the short lane off the access road to Western Gailes Golf Course.

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Getting onto the reserve

Walk east along the cycle track to a stile next to the reserve sign. There are no made paths on this reserve.

Access restrictions

The reserve is grazed by horses from October to March. Dog walking is not advised during this period.

Nearest town
Irvine (3 mi / 4.8 km)
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Gailes Marsh


One of the nine Irvine Greenspace reserves. These are within easy walking/cycling distance of where people live, giving them access to high quality green space close to home. The eight other Greenspaces are:


About Gailes Marsh

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Shewalton Sandpits
Oldhall Ponds
Shewalton Wood

Local group

Links & downloads

Area leaflet

Reserve map


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