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 PathFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 3:00am
Another superb donation from Cunninghame Ramblers
They have delighted us with a further donation of £500. This will let us buy whin chips to surface the Fisherton Gully path. Any individual or group can donate. http://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/donations/
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 2:54am
And it's complete! A huge job at Smugglers Brae is now finished and the proud Pathminders show off their work. This will make a real difference when walking up or down to Dunure.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathWednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 2:13am
Thanks so much to Cunninghame Ramblers who donated the proceeds of a recent raffle to Ayrshire Coastal Path. We need funds to continue our improvements and for general maintenance. Anyone can donate directly via our website http://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/donations/ or simply send us a message.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 3:27am
Smugglers Brae almost completed. Big team of 11 Pathminders out today to move whin chips and dress the the path. More volunteers always welcome.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 5 new photos.Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 1:28am
Thanks to everyone who turned out to help with The Beach Clean on Saturday. This is the community in action making a real difference. Please post any photos you have of the clean up.#rotary #beachclean