Lawthorn Wood

Lawthorn Wood is a small, mature deciduous woodland on the edge of Irvine. The tall canopy is mainly made up of ash trees, with some beech and lime. Elm trees were once prominent and their dead trunks provide nesting sites for bats and birds, including great spotted woodpecker.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Mature broadleaf woodland

Best time to visit?

  • Spring for birds
  • Summer for bats
  • Autumn for fungi

Visit for:

  • woodlands

Other information

An unsurfaced path runs the length of the reserve.

Lawthorne Wood is one of the Irvine Greenspaces.


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How to get there


The reserve is located in north east Irvine, next to Lawthorn Primary School. Take the A736 out of Irvine along Cairnmount Road, and turn right at the roundabout onto the B769. The reserve is up a track off the main road on the left, just before the school.

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Getting onto the reserve

Enter through a gateway in the fence onto an unsurfaced path that takes you through the woodland.

Access restrictions

The path can be muddy when it rains.

Nearest town
Irvine (1 mi / 1.6 km)
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What to look for and when

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Lawthorn Wood


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 Lawthorn Wood

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Sourlie Wood
Perceton Wood
Garnock Floods

Local group

Links & downloads

Area leaflet

Reserve map


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