Garnock Connections is more than just a landscape partnership; it’s a vision for the protection of an incredible natural landscape in North Ayrshire, with a rich history and the Garnock River at its heart. The Garnock Connections project aims to enhance and reveal the beauty of the landscape and the history surrounding it for people to enjoy.

The purpose of the project is to enhance and reveal the cultural and natural heritage of the landscape, and for local people to enjoy and contribute to the process. The project will investigate how and why places have evolved over time and how this has impacted the human experience of the region.

We will be focusing on three key areas:

  • ✔️ Community engagement
  • ✔️ Volunteer training
  • ✔️ Celebrating heritage


Bringing all of this together is the Places That We Know app, which is at the heart of the project, and allows people to create their own trails within the Garnock Connections area based on research conducted as part of the project and local knowledge. These trails are shared with the community through the app, in effect, creating a tapestry of heritage for others to enjoy and learn from.

Garnock Connections is led by the RSPB in partnership with North Ayrshire Council, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Natural Heritage, and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Garnock Connections has commissioned DigVentures and Rathmell archaeology to co-deliver a Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Project (CHAP).

The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund, Ayrshire LEADER – the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Europe investing in local areas, Ayrshire Sustainability Group and the members of the Landscape Partnership.