Photo courtesy Chris Ogilvie November 2019

Old Coach Road

Just breathe in the fresh coastal air...

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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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

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 Path shared a post.Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 9:38am
Please be sure to use the paths provided when making field crossings.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 9:14am
Brilliant photos by Ross & Rachel, our new Path Wardens for Fairlie to Skelmorlie (low route). Welcome to the team! #volunteering #longdistancepaths #ScotlandsGreatTrails #scotland #Ayrshire #Ayrshirecoast
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, December 2nd, 2019 at 5:35am

Last Friday Denise, Alan, John W, Jimmy, Ron and Bob were out on a crisp and clear morning. We modified the kissing gate at the top of Fisherton Gulley, we relaid a couple of sleepers near Heads of Ayr caravan park and cleared some rubbish from the beach at Bracken Bay. We also looked at repairing a kissing gate between the two main work sites, but both gate posts are "shot" and need to be replaced by the farmer, before we attempt any repairs. (He is aware of this and will hopefully get on to it soon).

As we are well on track with maintenance and improvement work, we will take a well earned rest this week to get on with the Christmas decorations and shopping 🎄🎅

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