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Barr Trails

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Barr Trails Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Miles of trails that criss-cross through beautiful countryside

You could happily spend a week’s holiday exploring the countryside around the remote Ayrshire village of Barr. Nearly 20 miles (32 km) of paths criss-cross the rolling countryside through forest, along riversides and across open hills.

The trails here cross land belonging to other individuals and organisations as well as Forestry and Land Scotland. You’re sure to enjoy them all.

Walking trails


Fairy Knowe Trail

Climb through the eerie spruce trees to emerge above the Fairy Knowe and a rushing waterfall for some magical views over the forest to Haggis Hill.

Uneven grassy paths with narrow, muddy and rough sections. Some steep slopes and a long flight of steps for 100m. Includes some bridges and wide gates.

3 ½ miles / 5.7 km

2½ hours

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The Fairy Knowe is a delightful spot on the burn: rest here and admire the water rushing through a spectacular cleft in the hills.

Facilities & access

Picnic area
Picnic area

You’ll find places to eat in Barr village.

Getting here

To reach the forest car park, take the single track road from the Kings Hotel in Barr village, following the Water of the Gregg. Pass the village school and continue for about ½ mile (800 metres), then turn left at the first fork to reach the car park.

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Nearest postcode: KA26 9TN

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