Ride the Ayrshire Alps is a fun challenge. 16 climbs, close together, in beautiful scenery. When you have finished your ride you are going to want to come back and complete the set. Therefore you are going to want to stay upright and safe.
We’re not going to lie, these are quiet moor roads that experience harsh conditions in winter. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a smooth pothole-free passage. The climbs of the Ayrshire Alps are on public roads which experience dynamic conditions, so cyclist beware! You will also encounter the odd cattle grid (or three).
Many of the climbs in the area cross open moor land and it is not unusual to zip round a bend to find Daisy the cow munching on some tasty hay, oblivious to your climbing exploits. It is also common to have a nice clear descent of the Nic O Balloch only to find Dolly the sheep teaching her kids the green cross code. Just remember; she lives here, you are just visiting, so please show some respect and caution. And if you’ve ever hit a barnyard animal by bike you’ll know just how sore it is!
Other road users
Not including our animal friends, you’ll also encounter lots of other road users on your travels. Just last week we came across a dustbin lorry, a bus, a logging contractor’s van, and even a forestry commission minibus – all during one 3hr ride! We refer you to the nice people at the Department for Transport and their handy little guidance document ‘The Highway Code’. We recommend that all visitors to the park follow it to avoid any unnecessary complications that might spoil your visit.
Reception (lack of)
In much of the park area the mobile signal is very poor. Those in the know will insist than you can get two bars when standing by the third pillar under the awning of the McCandlish Hall in Straiton (providing it is not raining) but otherwise it is a bit hit and miss. So long as we take sensible precautions this ‘mobile tranquility’ just adds to the joy of the park:
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather (knowing it might change fast)
- Carry at least one spare tube and know how to carry out basic road side repair
- Just in case, always make sure you are carrying identification with an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number.
We hope you have a great time in the park, and would love to hear feedback from your visit and suggestions on how to improve your visiting experience. However, Ayrshire Alps can accept no responsibility for your safety when in the area so please act responsibly and with respect for others.