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 the waders that feed here in autumn and winter. A small hide overlooking the site offers good views of a large pond and the waterfowl it attracts.


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

Please note that there are no internal paths on the reserve to minimise disturbance to bird life. You can view the reserve from the hide, cycle-path or grass path beside the river. Enter the field over the stile by the gate and approach the hide from the back.

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:


About Garnock Floods

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Corsehillmuir Wood
Sourlie Wood
Lawthorn Wood

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