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 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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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 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



Book a walking holiday!

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

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


Visit our charity page on BT MyDonate

If you enjoyed walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path, please use this "mydonate" button to make donations securely. It really does make a difference.

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


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

Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, July 22nd, 2019 at 8:08am
Pathminders Report: Paul, John W, Ian, Pat, Allan, and Jimmy had a good morning burdock beating and bracken bashing at Drumshang, where we finished the job of taming 1.6km of field edge path and clearing away thousands of thistle, docken, and burdock seedheads before they dispersed, seeded, and popped up to give us even more work next year. The whole path from the Drumshang beach to the Dunure Mains Bridge has now been mowed and strimmed, and the bracken verges cut well back before they fall down in August. Much appreciated by a couple of walkers passing through as we had our piece break.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 8:01am
Chris, one of our Pathminders has a new hobby!
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, July 20th, 2019 at 8:35am
The Path near Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club is now fully open again, after work on the coastal defences. https://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/2019/07/19/route-at-prestwick-re-opened/
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, July 20th, 2019 at 8:32am
A test of your local knowledge...Who can name this hill?
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a link.Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 8:52pm
We take clean water for granted, but the world's glass is only half full. Over 800 million people across the world do not have access to safe drinking water....
Aquabox - The World's Glass is Only Half Full
We take clean water for granted, but the world's glass is only half full. Over 800 million people across the world do not have access to safe drinking water....
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathThursday, July 18th, 2019 at 8:47pm
The Pathminders Group has been such a success to maintain and develop the Ayrshire Coastal Path. And now there is a real social side to it too. A regular weekly golf outing has spawned and last Sunday we enjoyed a superb barbecue. Fancy joining the team? Drop us a message. https://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/2019/07/16/pathminders-summer-bbq-at-doonholm/

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