AYRSHIRE clubs from the West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) have learned their fate, as they embark on this season's Scottish Cup journey.

Playing in the competition is always one of the highlights of the season for 'non-league', particularly those who can enjoy a strong run in the competition.

Last season saw Darvel reach the last 16 after causing a major upset against Premiership side Aberdeen in East Ayrshire - though Falkirk would knock them out.

But it is a long journey to get that far, with one Ayrshire side entering the draw at the first preliminary round stage.

A further eight sides join in at the secon prelim stage, where they look to earn a place in the first round proper.

It is Beith who enter at the first stage, as the WoSFL Premier Division winner, as they do not hold an SFA licence.

They will face Midlands League champions Carnoustie Panmure away from home in the first round.

The match will be played the weekend of Saturday, August 12.

A win at this stage would earn them a home tie in the second prelim round against fellow Ayrshire side Bonnyton Thistle, who were relegated to the WoSFL Second Division last season.

Elsewhere in the second prelim round, there are two more all Ayrshire ties.

The first of these will see Junior Scottish Cup champions Cumnock Juniors host Girvan at Townhead Park.

Scottish Cup action will return to Loch Park for the first time since 2017 after Glenafton Athletic were granted an SFA licence.

Though they face a stern test, with last season's shock troops Darvel coming to New Cumnock in the second prelim stage.

Over in North Ayrshire, Irvine Meadow and Kilwinning Rangers have both been handed home ties.

Medda will be looking to improve on last year's performance, where they were knocked out in the preliminary rounds.

The Irvine side have previously reached the fourth round stage, where they faced Premiership side Hibernian in 2010.

They will host East of Scotland Football League First Division side Dunipace in the second prelim round.

Kilwinning Rangers made the second round proper last season, eventually losing to League Two side Falkirk.

In the prelim round, they will face Glasgow University, who caused a few shocks last season as they also made the second round, before losing to then League Two side Albion Rovers.

The final Ayrshire side to compete in the competition - before Kilmarnock and Ayr United enter - are Auchinleck Talbot.

Tommy Sloan's side reached the fifth round of the competition in 2019, when they faced Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle, losing 4-0.

They reached the third round last season before they lost to Championship side Raith Rovers.

Talbot will be hoping for another run this season, and face a second prelim round tie away to South of Scotland side Wigtown and Bladnoch.

All matches in the second preliminary round draw are to take place on the weekend of Saturday, September 2.

Ayrshire sides draw in full

Preliminary Round 1

Carnoustie Panmure Vs Beith Juniors

Preliminary Round 2

Carnoustie Panmure OR Beith Juniors Vs Bonnyton Thistle

Cumnock Juniors Vs Girvan

Glenafton Athletic Vs Darvel

Irvine Meadow XI Vs Dunipace

Kilwinning Rangers Vs Glasgow University

Wigton and Bladnoch Vs Auchinleck Talbot