Old Coach Road

Just breathe in the fresh coastal air…

Ailsa Craig Sunset

Stunning light, morning and evening

Culzean Castle

Peaceful view towards Ailsa Craig

Arran in the background

Fabulous views of Arran from many different angles

Breathtaking views

Perhaps the finest coastal path in Scotland…

Barassie shore

The magnificent beach is all yours…

Mixed Walking...

A combination of beach, grassy paths, and metalled surfaces


Stop off for a refreshment in the many towns and villages

Firth of Clyde

You can enjoy the ACP at all times of the year

Stunning Wildlife

Deer, seals and seabirds – you will find them all

Scottish walking at its best!

The Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) from Glenapp to Skelmorlie runs 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.

At Glenapp, the southern end of the ACP connects to the Mull of Galloway Trail and at the northern end in Skelmorlie it connects to the Clyde Coastal Path with the whole route called the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail.

The Ayrshire Coastal Path is now a key link in IAT Scotland, the Scottish ‘chapter’ of the International Appalachian Trail (Europe) which was launched in October 2010. Around the same time, the ACP was selected for branding and promotion by Scottish Natural Heritage as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.

Personal Safety and Responsible Access

Please read the Responsible Access page before walking the Path. Walkers are advised to check the News Section of this website for any path updates or changes.

We want your help

rotary_wheel_transThe path was created and is maintained by the Rotary Club of Ayr using volunteer labour. We need funds for signposting, machinery, bridge building, fencing etc. You can help us by donating here.

Or if you can spare a few hours, why not join our Pathminders Team, and enjoy the fresh air working outside, helping the community. More details

What tho’, like commoners of air,
We wander out, we know not where,
But either house or hal’?
Yet Nature’s charms, the hills and woods,
The sweeping vales, and foaming floods,
Are free alike to all.

Robert Burns



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Ayrshire Coastal Path added 3 new photos.Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 3:47am
And our second lady Pathminder, Denise, joins the team, while Gus Iannotti demonstrates his dexterity with the new tools!
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Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Sunday, September 17th, 2017 at 3:00am
16 Sep 2017 -
Flooded Glenapp Estate Track at top of Turf Hill

On the Glenapp section at the top of Turf Hill, walkers may find a couple of 20m long dubs (mega-puddles!) filling the full width of the estate track. After heavy rain (and it’s now Autumn), these might be well over boot height and require a detour either side to get past.
Until the Estate can free up machinery from other more pressing jobs, to backfill the track, we would suggest perhaps traversing along the fence side, as there is always something to hold on to - and there is a deep area on the west side that might swallow the unwary up to their thighs!
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 10:06pm
Really Good work done by a Pathminder or two this last week, in spite of the rain! 😀
This is to be known as Colin's clearance!
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Ayrshire Coastal PathWednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 2:52am
29 Jul 2017 - New footbridge over Ladywell Burn north of Dunure

Walkers will be glad to learn that, with just two mornings’ work, six Pathminders completed a new sleeper bridge over the Ladywell Burn, 1km north of Dunure. Though a small burn easily forded in dry weather, it was a bit of a problem during spates, and has been on our ‘to-do’ list for some time.
We are now moving on to the notorious Wet Gully 300m further north, where a 70m ditch has been dug to improve drainage, a new path-line pegged out, and work begun to provide a firm base underfoot. Work in progress.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathWednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 2:51am
29 Aug 2017 - Pathminders star in September issue of Scottish Field

The Ayrshire Coastal Path has just received a great boost after the Scottish Field recently chose it as one of twelve venues to feature in an 80-page Autumn Walking Breaks supplement. Our feature, cleverly entitled ‘Working to Walk’, highlights the tremendous amount of work done by the volunteers who keep the path in order for the walkers; as well as emphasising the diversity of scenic beauty, history, and wildlife habitat to be experienced along its 100 mile route.