Walking & Cycling

The Ayrshire Alps Cycle Park

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The hill roads of South Carrick make up the ultimate road cyclist’s playground. Popularly referred to as ‘The Ayrshire Alps’, the terrain offers fantastic scenery, cycle friendly roads, and a tough cycling challenge.

The ‘Ayrshire Alps’ are situated in South Ayrshire, nestled at the north end of the Galloway Forest Park. The area is popular with road cyclists for the abundance of hill climbs nestled among a fantastic network of quiet roads and trails.

The South Carrick area is known for its warm welcome, and plays host to several major cycling events each year including the Graeme Obree Sportive, the David Bell Memorial and the Tour Doonhame. Many of Britain’s top professional cyclists including Mark Cavendish and Chris Boardman cut their teeth here, competing in the former Girvan 3 Day Stage Race.

The Ayrshire Alps Cycle Park looks to borrow the best ideas from the world’s most iconic cycle routes. The signs of Paris-Roubaix, marking the sectors of cobbled pave, fit the aesthetic of our local milestones. Their modern shell can be marked with a QR code for riders to enable smartphone devices to record their progress.

To find out more about The Ayrshire Alps and these fantastic cycling routes go to www.ayrshirealps.org