The rich lowlands and wild moorland of South Ayrshire combine to make the perfect habitat for varied wildlife and are also crossed by trails such as the Southern Upland Way and the Clyde Walkway. In a bid to improve access to the great outdoors for all, several dedicated cycle trails and water trails have been developed which link the smaller, rural communities together.
The M74 runs close to many towns and links the area to Glasgow and further northwards. Douglas and Lanark are amongst the larger conurbations in the region. Located on the banks of Douglas Water, the town of the same name is a pretty place with a notable castle and church. Lanark is mainly a commuter town for workers heading to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but the small collection of shops serves the nearby rural areas proudly.