Sourlie Wood

Sourlie Wood is an attractive native woodland that has developed on a derelict coal yard. There is a small area of grassland, a large pond and a good supply of deadwood that benefits invertebrates, which attract songbirds and bats.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Songbirds
  • Amphibians

Best time to visit?

  • Spring for birds and amphibians
  • Summer for insects and bats

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • pond

Other information

A cycle path links the reserve with nearby settlements and Eglinton Country Park.

Sourlie Wood is one of the Irvine Greenspaces.


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How to get there


Take the A736 out of Irvine, along Cairnmount Road, and turn right at the roundabout onto the B769. Park somewhere along this road and walk back to Sourlie, which is at the roundabout. A tar cycle path passes through the reserve.

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Getting onto the reserve

From the roundabout, enter the reserve along the cycle path. This is the only made path on the reserve.

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Sourlie 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 Sourlie Wood

Out & about

Nearby reserves
Lawthorn Wood
Perceton Wood
Garnock Floods

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