Garnock Floods

Garnock Floods is a low-lying floodplain pasture with shallow pools and marshy areas. The reserve is grazed by cattle to keep the ground suitable for wildfowl and waders that flock here during winter. Kingfishers have been seen along the river and many songbirds can be heard in the woodland.

Why visit?

EcoCo+Life logosHighlights include:

  • Wildfowl and waders
  • Riverside walk

Best time to visit?

  • Spring/autumn for passage migrants
  • Winter for ducks
  • All year for river life and birds

Visit for:

  • birdwatching

Other information

Garnock Floods is one of the Irvine Greenspaces.


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How to get there


Take the B779 off the westbound A78 between Irvine and Kilwinning and park in the layby just past the bridge over the River Irvine.

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Getting onto the reserve

You can view the reserve from the bridge or the grass path along the river embankment. Please note, there are no other paths on this reserve.

Access restrictions

Livestock and breeding birds are present on the reserve, so dog walking is not advised.

Nearest town
Kilwinning (0 mi / 0 km)
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Garnock Floods


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:


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