Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

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Stay at home guidance – parks and open spaces

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. You should not travel to access the outdoors, and your time spent outside exercising should be done close to your home rather than travelling elsewhere.

We’ve had to close access to playground equipment for the time being because contaminated surfaces and equipment risk passing COVID-19 from one person to another. Please note this also means that equipment is no longer subject to safety inspections.

Travelling by car for exercise

Whilst during this period of lockdown, getting outside for exercise is permitted, government guidance states that there should be no travelling by car to do so.

There are a number of areas within East Ayrshire where this guidance is not being followed and so steps have been taken in association with local landowners and Police Scotland to close car parks and restrict access for those who are still continuing to travel to these areas.

Please follow this guidance and stay local for your daily exercise.

The police will be monitoring these sites and will be able to issue fines to anyone ignoring government guidance. Some of the areas which have been identified are:

  • Dean Castle Country Park including the Assloss entrance
  • Whitelee Wind Farm
  • Loudoun Hill
  • Loch Doon and Craigengillan
  • Cairn Table and walkers’ car park
  • Hollybush
  • Glenbuck
  • Car parks along the River Ayr Way
  • Glen Afton
  • Annanhill Golf Course
  • Auchinleck Estate
  • Dumfries House
  • Caprington Castle
  • Large parks including Woodroad

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Play parks

If you live close to a play park, you can still use the open space but please do not allow young ones to play on the equipment.  Please also observe social distancing as guided by government. This means keeping a two metre distance between you and anyone who does not currently live in your household.


East Ayrshire enjoys a beautiful landscape, and facilities, including our lochs and hills, long distance paths, cycle tracks and country parks, are there to help residents and visitors enjoy these benefits. However, during this unprecedented time, these facilities are essentially 'out of bounds' to anyone who does not live within short walking distance.

Please do not travel to these locations. Once the current restrictions are lifted we will welcome you back with open arms, but at the moment we ask that you comply with the national guidance and stay at home.


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 shared by the community.

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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