muirkirk in the hills of ayrshire - from the muirkirk enterprise group


River Ayr Way

The River Ayr starts as an overflow from Glenbuck Loch on the Ayrshire/Lanarkshire border and flows westwards for 67 km to enter the Firth of Clyde at Ayr.

Throughout its length, the River Ayr is of good quality. This large river has a healthy population of game fish and runs of salmon and sea trout.

The River Ayr Way was a project which has provided an uninterrupted walk for the length of the river, starting near Glenbuck, the land of Bill Shankley and the Glenbuck Cherrypickers, through the parish of Muirkirk towards the sea.

The inaugural River Ayr Way walk took place on Saturday 10th June 2006 starting at Glenbuck Dam and passing through Muirkirk on the way to Ayr. This was be a nationally publicised event opened by Mr Fred McCauley and marks the completion of the River Ayr Way all the way from the river's source at Glenbuck to the Firth of Clyde at Ayr.

In a year, it was estimated that over 10,000 walkers had walked at least part of the River Ayr Way and in 2008 the Ayrshire Access Group were carrying out repair and maintenance work to the section between Glenbuck and Muirkirk.

Route of River Ayr Way from Glenbuck through Muirkirk to Ayr