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Ayrshire Connect

The Coig

Gaelic for 'five' - The Coig comprises of five touring routes around Ayrshire and the Clyde Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae in Scotland. Each route can be enjoyed by car, bike or on foot. Perfect for local day trips, short breaks or long holidays, The Coig's five routes showcase the area's natural beauty, outdoor adventure, history, heritage and nature.

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The website has a massive amount if information on the routes including downloadable routes and maps and information on places to visit and stay on all five routes. Click on the links below to start your journey through The Coig

The Coig | Five Routes. One great adventure.

The Coig | Five Routes. One great adventure.

Gaelic for 'five' - The Coig comprises of five touring routes around Ayrshire and the Clyde Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae in Scotland. Each route can be enjoyed by car, bike or on foot. Perfect for local day trips, short breaks or long holidays, The Coig's five routes showcase the area's natural beauty, outdoor adventure, history, heritage and nature.

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Route One | The Shire

Trace the many geographical connections to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, or walk in the footsteps of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns who was born, lived and worked in the area – and whose poetry was inspired by the area’s people and places. Enjoy The Shire’s world-famous golf courses at Troon and Turnberry, and explore its glorious glens, rolling hills, and coastal clifftops.

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Route One | The Shire
Route Two | The Shiel

Route Two | The Shiel

Explore seaside towns, secret bunkers, and quirky country castles – the area’s packed with heritage trails, wild dunes and rock pools. Uncover Viking connections and stories of ferocious battles, before relaxing off-road among The Shiel’s breath-taking scenery around the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Route 3 | The Arran

Arran is rich in everything Scotland has to offer. Striking and varied scenery, and a rich haven for wildlife. Pack your walking boots or bring the bike to experience one of the island’s many physical challenges – from bike track to mountain path, before enjoying its incredible food, drink and culture.

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Route 3 | The Arran
Route Four | The Bute

Route Four | The Bute


Explore the island’s world class architecture – from the glorious Mount Stuart House and Gardens, to the newly refurbished Rothesay Pavilion, and the nearby Victorian promenade before taking in the island’s many hillside footpaths, breath-taking bays and beaches, with their stunning vistas out across the Firth of Clyde.

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Route Five | The Cumbrae

Find the rocks that looks like a croc, a butter lump and a lion. Pedal your way around to idyllic Farland Point and Fintry Bay and enjoy spotting any of the islands 125 species of birds, or their seal, porpoise and basking shark neighbours.

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Route Five | The Cumbrae

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