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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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



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



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

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

bbc-out-of-doorsMark Stephen’s original visit in 2013 Audio link

Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, April 15th, 2019 at 7:33am
Pathminders report: Last week we had a squad of 10, yes 10 out at Balkenna. The 2 tasks in hand were to continue preparations for the new bridge at Balkenna and to finish off a section of Beach Cleaning. Good progress was made on both fronts. The foundations on North side of the burn have been levelled, with 3 layers of re-cycled slabs now in place and the excavations on the South side have been completed. We are hoping to progress the South side foundations this week and also move the Beach Cleaning efforts down to Curragh.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathTuesday, April 9th, 2019 at 2:57am
The Big Beach Clean was a great success. Thanks to all who took part. Read the full story. https://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/2019/04/08/terrific-result-for-13th-annual-south-ayrshire-rotary-beach-clean/
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, April 8th, 2019 at 9:09pm
Secret bunker alright! So secret it seems not too many people know about it. It's between Skelmorlie and Largs. Skelmorlie Secret Bunker is a fully restored Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring post which was built in 1964 as part of a nationwide UK Cold War civil defence programme in order to detect and report on the effects of a Nuclear Attack. The Bunker museum opens at weekends from end of April to September. Booking essential. Contact Frank, the curator on 07513-504115
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, April 8th, 2019 at 9:29am
Turned out a lovely afternoon for a walk. But who recognises this beach?
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, April 6th, 2019 at 11:57pm
The pipe bridge near Turnberry will be re-opened on Mon 8 April. Owing to heavy rain a few weeks ago, the banking around the pipes was severely eroded. This required concrete reinforcement around the pipes, which will make it safe for walkers again.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, April 1st, 2019 at 8:25pm
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our once-again highly successful Beach Clean on Saturday. Rotary Club of Ayr covered 10 beach sections in South Ayrshire between Newton and Curragh, which together with those of the Rotary clubs of Troon, Prestwick, Alloway and Girvan accounted for some 20kms (13 miles) of beach. Many individuals and community groups assisted. A great job!

A full report will be published later this week on the Ayr Rotary and Ayrshire Coastal Path websites.

Thanks again for all your efforts.

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