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Route - Greenan Castle

Greenan Road, Doonfoot, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7 4JT

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  • Greenan Castle is located to the south of Greenan Road Car Park.
  • The castle is around 600m from the car park.
  • There is a rear shore path mainly over a grass surface until the stone beach is reached where the castle can be viewed from.
  • A route along the beach over sand and stoney surfaces from the car park can also be taken.
  • Access up to the castle itself from the beach is dangerous via steep rockface paths and would only be suitable for experienced climbers.


  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Ayr.

Parking (Greenan Road Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located off Greenan Road.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 450cm x 400cm (14ft 9in x 13ft 1in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 13m (14yd 8in) from the rear path.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the rear path.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 200cm (6ft 7in).
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Greenan Road Car Park - Rear Beach Path

  • The entrance to the rear grass beach path is located opposite the Blue Badge parking, adjacent to a Scottish Water signpost.
  • The car park surface changes from tarmac to worn grass at the path entrance where there are some worn surfaces and an easy slope.
  • Beyond the slope, the path has a grass surface as you follow it towards the castle.
  • There are a few slightly uneven surfaces throughout the ground.

Rear Beach Path

  • Follow the path along as it takes a slight left through the rear beach field.
  • After 200m there are some uneven holes which have mainly all been filled in with sand, which must be crossed.
  • There are a few rabbit holes along the path to take care around, including some large holes in the centre of the route.
  • There are a few areas where the path has been worn which have a sandy surface.

Rear Beach Path - Narrow Dunes Path

  • After nearly 300m along the path follow it round to the right and through the undergrowth trail.
  • There is a moderate slope up and through the narrow (around 50cm wide) worn dirt path between the bushes.
  • Cross down through a central clearing and back up along the narrow bath which has some uneven ridges and further moderate slopes to the dunes.
  • There is a grassy surface with some worn dirt paths and sand in places.
  • Continue towards the castle and shore.

Dunes Path

  • Continue along the path towards the castle where the path becomes a sandier surface.
  • A route down the shore can be taken to the right over a sandy surface to the beach which offers dry sandy surfaces, a stone surface or possibly a wetter compact sand surface.
  • Towards the end of the narrow path it adjoins the beach near the rocks.

Dunes Path - Beach

  • At the end of the narrow dunes path cross the large rock surface down to the sandy beach.
  • There is an easy slope over the rock with some uneven surfaces.
  • Turn left to follow the beach round to the castle where the cliffs will be on your left.
  • There is a sandy surface to start here, although the beach offers stone areas that may offer more support and depending on tides, possibly a compact level sand surface.
  • There may be areas of seaweed in places between the different surfaces on the beach.

Beach - Castle

  • Follow the beach along the rocks and round the point with the castle above around 80m away.
  • The beach has a stone surface after the sand with some uneven larger rocks in places.
  • There is an easy slope to the beach and following it down towards the sea provides the best views of the castle.
  • There are compact sand surfaces the further out you go and access further out may depend on tides or larger puddles.
  • You have arrived.

Castle Climb

  • There is a dangerous rocky path to scale up to the castle which would require climbing experience.
  • Beyond the initial steep rock face from the beach, there is a steep overgrown grassy slope with a narrow worn path.
  • There are step like areas and rocks throughout with a small wall rocky to scale at the top.
  • There are dangerous cliff edges at the top which are not marked or signposted.


  • There is no access inside the castle.
  • Another route to the castle may be possible via the path around the rear farmland.
  • This would be around 500m from the end of Greenan Road.
  • The path near the castle is narrow and steep through thicker undergrowth.

Alternative Greenan Shore Route

  • An alternative route would be to use the main beach from the car park to reach the castle.
  • From the car park head towards the shore following the sign for Greenan Shore along the narrow worn path.
  • There are some easy slopes throughout the path.
  • The beach is around 60m from the car park after a dry sandy slope.
  • The beach then offers a surface of dry sand near the dunes, a stone surface with an easy camber in the centre and possibly wetter compact sand with a level surface depending on tides.
  • The castle is around 500m to the left from the car park beach entrance to the shore.