Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Tourism and outdoor recreation

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During this time of restrictions it is important that we all stay active, for our physical health and mental wellbeing. 

Relaxing and exercising outside is an important element of this, but it is essential that we all practise good social distancing while outside. 

For many people lockdown has been an opportunity to explore their local area on foot and by bike. The use of public transport is only for essential purposes.  So enjoy what is on your doorstep and discover some great walks in East Ayrshire.  If you are getting out and about locally the Scottish Government has published this guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector. 

Accessing the countryside

Please remember that we're lucky in Scotland to have open access to much of the countryside. But to protect livestock, nature and to allow others to enjoy it too, it's very important that we do it responsibly, cause no harm, leave no trace and leave places as clean as we find them. There are rules which you must follow to keep the great outdoors a pleasure for all who work, live and visit there. You can read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which provides some useful guidance.

Play parks

All of our play parks and multi-use games arenas are open.

Please remember to follow Scottish Government guidance so that everyone can stay safe while having fun in the park.

Safety in play areas

To keep your children safe while they play please:

  • don't come to our play parks if you have symptoms of coronavirus
  • maintain appropriate physical distancing from people not in your household whilst in the play park and on equipment
  • bring some disinfectant wipes or similar with you to clean hands and surfaces whilst using the equipment
  • catch any coughs and sneezes in a tissue or the crook of your elbow and dispose of tissues responsibly


If you're on Instagram, check out our account Must See Ayrshire where we share photos of Ayrshire and Arran. Even though we can’t travel afar at the moment, we can still enjoy beautiful Ayrshire and Arran through imagery and video.⁠ Follow our hashtag #mustseeayrshire to see a full gallery of photos.

Thank you

We appreciate your help and understanding at this challenging time. It is only by us all working together, following government advice, that we can defeat this, save lives and protect the NHS. 

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Contact Information

Council Headquarters
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