Stage 1 Glenapp Kirk to Ballantrae

Glenapp Kirk – Sandloch Hill track – Glendrisaig – High Ballochdowan – Kilintringan Bridge – Low Ballochdowan – Craigalbert – Garleffin – Stinchar Road Bridge – Ballantrae Harbour

Distance: 13.5 km = 8.3 miles      Time: 4 – 4.5 hours

Walking Summary: Moderate – 200m and 150m ascents over rough estate road, farm tracks and minor roads. Sensitive livestock area – Lambing and calving. Dogs not advised unless on close lead.

We strongly advise purchase of the Guide Book for a detailed description and map of the route. Plus OS Explorer Map 317.

From January 2016, the cliff top route is no longer part of the ACP due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with dogs.

Car Parks: Glenapp Estate provides a small day car park for walkers under trees on the old A77 road beyond the White Cottage exit gate. Look out for signs. Only room for 3-4 cars with careful parking. Could walkers please consider others when parking. Can we suggest:

1) Use public transport where possible.
2) Preferably leave cars at Ballantrae, take bus to Glenapp Kirk and walk back.
3) Park sensibly in the parking area provided. NOT in front of the Cottages.
4) Do not leave cars overnight.
5) Do not park down the working estate road along which the Coastal Path runs.
6) Do not park in the Glenapp Kirk access road or car park.

Transport: Regular two-hourly bus service (Stagecoach)

Historical: Prehistoric cairns, enclosure and standing stones. Ardstinchar Castle.

General: Route connects to the Mull of Galloway Trail at Glenapp. Contrasting wild upland and superb seascapes.

Nature: Coastal birdlife and diverse flora. Remnants of ancient woodland. Salmon of River Stinchar.

Eating provisions: Ballantrae tearoom, hotel, garden centre.

Public Toilets: Ballantrae – Foreland (All year 1000 – 1800).

Accommodation: B&Bs and Hotel at Ballantrae. See the accommodation section for more information.