Firth of Clyde

Just as good in winter time...

Photo courtesy Chris Ogilvie November 2019

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 appropriate Route Stages box and News Section of this Website for any path updates or changes.
NB: Glenapp to Ballantrae – From January 2016, although described in the 2014 Revised Guidebook, and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1). 

We want your help

rotary_wheel_transThe path was created by the Rotary Club of Ayr using volunteer labour. Now a group of Pathminders, Rotarians and others, men and women, work tirelessly throughout the year maintaining and improving the Path. 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

Recommended by The Herald.
One of their ten best coastal walks in Scotland! The Herald 1 June 2019

Recommended by The Times! One of their Top twenty Coastal Walks The Times Sat 11 Aug 2018

Book a walking holiday!
Contours Walking Holidays are the professionals at organising walking tours. They will book your accommodation and provide transfers if required.

bbc-out-of-doorsRadio Scotland features the ACP again! Listen to Out of Doors reporter, Mark Stephen, aired on 19 Jan 2019


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




Have you walked the full 100 miles? Then reward yourself with our personalised certificate! Full details

Donate Now!

Even a small donation helps us maintain The Path. Minimum £5. You don’t need a Paypal account.

Find Accommodation on the Ayrshire Coastal Path

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

Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, January 25th, 2020 at 10:00am

Last week, Bob, Alan, Jim, John W, Jimmy, Chris and Tim were back down at Balkenna. We did some preparatory work for fitting the handrails to the bridge by fitting 6 out of the 8 metal brackets. We also had to re-work the path that we did last week after the high tide and strong wind earlier in the week... Finally, we dug up some sea radishes to prevent them spreading. Another good turnout and plenty of progress.

Next week, we are planning on fitting the 2 remaining brackets and also fit the actual handrails. That should then be this job finished!
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Sunday, January 19th, 2020 at 10:50pm
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Sunday, January 19th, 2020 at 6:49pm
Fantastic turnout! Thank you to everyone involved!

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