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 Carrick area is known for its warm welcome, and has played host to several major cycling events over the years year including the Tour Doonhame, the David Bell Memorial and the Obree Sportive. 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.
Scotland’s first Road Cycling Park
The Ayrshire Alps is a concept with the aim of enriching the cycling experience in the South Carrick area through partnership working with community, tourism, local authority and enterprise. Our aim is to create Scotland’s first road cycling park, similar in ambition to the off-road trail centres found across Southern Scotland.
A network of signed hill climbs, stylishly mapped and promoted form the basis of the park. This is supported by local community and business, providing all the appropriate resources and hospitality to welcome visitors.
Ride the Ayrshire Alps!
Our call to action, “Ride the Ayrshire Alps”, challenges local and visiting cyclists to complete all the ascents of the area. The Park opens with sixteen climbs, and riders can record their own progress, marking off each ascent. With each ascent ticked off, cyclist’s move closer to being crowned “King of the Ayrshire Alps”.
The park area has a 20mile radius, providing rides of comfortable distance but with options to go ‘epic’.
While popular combinations and loops are offered, no particular route is set. The cyclist sets out their own itinerary based on their time and ambition.
Come visit us and see what all the fuss is about!
The Ayrshire Alps Cycle Park concept was created by Christopher Johnson, originally supported by South Ayrshire Council. The park website and social presence is maintained and developed by Ayr Burners Cycling, a local development group.
Since the park concept was launched in 2013, a number of local and national publications have published features on the Ayrshire Alps.