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



Buy the Guidebook

2014 Cover Guide Book_600Essential reading for every walker, only £12.95. Most good bookshops, Amazon or buy direct from us with  Paypal

Find Accommodation on the Ayrshire Coastal Path

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Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 12:30am
The Ayrshire Coastal Path is becoming famous! This week Dennis Spiller, President of Rotary In Great Britain and Ireland, walked a section of the Path south of Dunure, along with some of the Pathminders.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathTuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 9:59pm
We have received a wonderful donation of £100 from Chris and Kirsten from San Francisco, who walked the Ayrshire Coastal Path in July this year. Route Manager Jimmy Begg and Path Warden Paul Williams joined them for a stretch south of Dunure. Chris and Kirsten loved the Path and said "we still can’t get over how amazingly friendly almost every Scot we met was".
If you enjoy walking the Path, please consider a small donation - even £10 will keep our strimmers going with petrol! You can donate online https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/donate.html?charity=rotaryclubofayrbenevolentfund
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 8:18pm
The final result
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, August 5th, 2017 at 8:17pm
All work and no play...
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 8:16pm
Clearing the stream