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Stewart J wrote a review Mar 2020
6 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a route from Troon to Dundonald castle, and could be combined with a visit to the castle (brilliant) and a bus ride back to Troon. The details are all out on the web so I will just add our thoughts from our walk on March 4th 2020 Not hard walking but stout shoes or boots definitely needed. Just enjoy the walk on the South Beach for the first part of the walk - don't bother trying to find the 'proper' path (between beach and golf course), but just keep your eyes out for the sign on the dunes and that takes you off the beach and on to the rest of the route. When you reach Loans walk right through the village and out the other side. There is a 'proper'road sign for Dundonald as you enter the village but you don't want that one. Eventually you will see a Smugglers trail sign. The signage is a little sparse but it is a trail that if you follow the logical direction you will be fine. In particular, after Loans and crossing the main road via bridge the signs all but dry up, but there is only one logical way to go at all times and eventually you arrive at Dundonald castle via the reservoir and the wood, the nicest part of the walk. All in all an achievable interesting walk, great for a mornings outing.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Whaursmakilt wrote a review May 2019
Troon, United Kingdom98 contributions54 helpful votes
Partly walked this at the weekend. That is the beauty of it - you can walk as far as is comfortable. Nice countryside - coos, birds, walkers. Best to do on a nice day as not many places to shelter from the rain. Well worth visiting. Parking at car park, Fullerton Woods. Great for dogs.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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wendy m wrote a review Jul 2018
Troon, United Kingdom17 contributions4 helpful votes
Not too difficult a walk .Good for the dog but kept him on his lead for most of it. Was well shaded with the trees which was good.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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RonnieAnderson wrote a review Aug 2017
Linlithgow, United Kingdom304 contributions294 helpful votes
This is a pleasant and relatively easy to follow trail from Troon to Dundonald Castle. There is a fair altitude climb but this part is all on well laid out paths. Much of the trail is through forested land. There is a bus from Dundonald to Troon every hour for the return journey. Dundonald Castle is a great visit.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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KingGerrio wrote a review May 2017
Kilwinning, United Kingdom62 contributions9 helpful votes
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A very easy trail to follow, although some of the way markers have been destroyed by vandals. Starts off though woodlands then opens out into green pastures. After walking a section along a fairly quiet road you travel through some Estate grounds where you can enjoy a picnic. Then it's across the Royal Troon golf course to the last section of the walk, along the beach. This walk covers all types of terrain, with only a few short uphill sections. Easy going for even the most inexperienced of walkers.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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