The Wrack Road
Start location: A719, Craig Tara Holiday Park (NS 301 179)
End location: Beach, east side of Heads of Ayr (NS 298 186)
Geographical area: Arran and Ayrshire
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 0.8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
Back to Search
The route starts at the top car park to Craig Tara Holiday Park and follows the outside of the holiday park boundary fence. It then crosses the old railway line and then runs inside the holiday park boundary fence after crossing a stile. Towards the foreshore the route passes through a large gate which is often closed but which must remain unlocked as it is used by West of Scotland Water for access to sewage works.
OS Landranger sheet 70 (Ayr, Kilmarnock & Troon)
A Wrack Road is a trak that was used by people collecting seaweed by the coast and taking them inland to be spread on the fields to act as fertiliser. For some reason this was a particularly popular practice along the Ayrshire coast and was supposed to be a very effective way of fertilising fields. However it must have smelled quite strong.
It is perhaps worth looking at the fields at the end of this path and if the crops are unusually big then it can be concluded that seaweed is indeed an excellent fertiliser.