Location and Access

From the A77 southbound from Ayr, turn off left onto the B7045 towards Kirkmichael and Straiton. After about 1.5km a flooded field should become visible on the right-hand side (western) of the road at NS 26 113. There are small places to pull in by the roadside, but take care as it is a reasonably busy road. There is a network of good byways for cycles in the vicinity but be aware of the traffic on this section of the B7045. The nearest bus route is from Dalrymple to Minishant, a long walk away.

This is a busy country road with no safe refuges for wheelchair users to avoid passing traffic. Park on verge, good viewing from car.

Network of quiet byways in the vicinity but B7045 carries fast traffic..


This is primarily a winter spot when a large field on the western side of the B7045 partially floods and a shallow lagoon is formed. Flocks of ducks, geese and waders gather there. Scanning the flocks can often reveal something special. Check the surrounding trees for the inevitable raptors, including Peregrine, which are attracted by the presence of the wildfowl. The field usually has a good range of waders, including breeding Lapwing. Wood Sandpiper on passage have been observed and large roosts of Curlew.