Culzean to Maidens Railway Loop Walk

by doctorjeal
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A less trodden loop around Culzean Country Park to maidens in this Culzean Castle Walk.

Take a stroll along part of the old Turnberry Railway line, starting at Culzean Castle, into the seaside village of Maidens and back along the beach and return via the Culzean Castle and Country Park estate.

This walk report is was from a walk-in in November and although it can be wet underfoot along the railway section in autumn and winter it;’s still a lovely walk and I personally love an Autumn walk. Pick a cold sunny day and it will be a beautiful walk, and of course fantastic in spring/summer.

Fees do apply for entrance to Culzean Castle and Country Park, so please bear this in mind and check their website for up to date prices. if you have. never been here before, make a day of it as there is plenty to see around the estate, castle and walled gardens.

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Walking Route

Public transport

There is a Bus Stop just outside the main entrance to Culzean Castle and Country Park.

Stagecoach – BUS 60 serves this bus stop from Ayr to Girvin and vice versa also stopping in Maybole with rail links from Glasgow to Stranraer.

Plan your journey and buy tickets via the Stagecoach website –


Taking the main entrance into Culzean Castle and Country Park (fees apply), follow the single track road slightly uphill, the picnic area is on a hard right turn at the top of an uphill section. Turn left into the car park which is a small car park with only parking for around 10 cars.

Step by Step Directions

Start Point

Starting at the small car park, head down the track and over the railway bridge, taking the path to the left at the other side of the bridge to join the old Turnberry railway line.

Start Point: Picnic Area and Start Point
Start Point: Picnic Area and Start Point

Follow the old Turnberry Railway line

Once on the old Turnberry railway line, enjoy the walk south towards Maidens until the oath descends slightly to join a road.

Old Turnberry Railway Trail
Old Turnberry Railway Trail

Take the road into Maidens

Take the road under the railway bridge and into Maidens Village.

Railway bridge with view of Maidens Beach
Railway bridge with view of Maidens Beach

Join the road and follow into Maidens

Enjoy the views across the bar and Maiden Harbour following the road past Wildlings Restiuaraunt and via Ropes Bistro which I highly recommend for some coffee and cake. There is also a picnic area on the harbour if you want to get a takeaway and enjoy the Harbour views.

View across Maidens Beach and Maidens Harbour
View across Maidens Beach and Maidens Harbour

Take the Beach North towards Culzean Castle

Follow the beach past the caravan park and shortly after there is a path and boardwalk over the stream and up into the Culzean Castle estate. Past a pink cottage and slightly uphill past another cottage. You will reach a car park and coffee shop at Swan Pond. your route back from here is to continue up the road and take the first path on your right. Continue along the path taking the second left. This path comes out onto a road next to a dear park.

Take a right and immediate left along the top of the dear park. this continues up to an overflow car park, turn right before the road and continue uphill coming out on to the entrance road to the park, the car park is just uphill on the right.

Maiden Beach
Maiden Beach


This is a heart little walk, well I guess it’s not that little being over 9lm but it’s a fairly easy walk, very enjoyable and will only tackle a few hours. Combined with a nice lunch stop and it has all the makings of a great weekend walk with the dog. If you are visiting the area, give this walk ago. If you enjoyed it, please do leave a comment.

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doctorjeal February 13, 2023 - 8:57 am

Latest track of this route


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