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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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



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

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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 5:25am
Want to know a bit more about Gillian Craig and the story behind the hugely popular Gillian's Walks website?
Then have a listen to our latest Voices of the Walk podcast episode. We chat to Gillian about her work with Ayrshire Coastal Paths, which earned her our Community Path Volunteer of the Year award recently, and find out more about her love of walking and nature.

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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Monday, October 7th, 2019 at 11:31pm
Ayrshire Coastal Path's Gillian was interviewed last week by Paths For All as part of their podcast series! You can listen at the link below...
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Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, October 7th, 2019 at 7:12am

Last week, Peter, Ron, Bob and new Member Alan F emptied 3 of the Blue bins between Girvan Mains and Turnberry, installed another Blue Bin near Gull Cottage, adjusted some signs in this same area and did a mini beach clean - again in the same area.

They had also intended to do some work at Fisherton Gulley, but the mini beach clean was not on the original plan and took a fair bit of time.

While they were there, they met a group of about 20 people who were doing a 5 mile walk from Dowhill to Girvan!

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