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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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

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, August 19th, 2019 at 6:55am
Pathminders' Report: Do we make a difference? Check out the photos! Last week Ron, Chris, Gus, Tim, John W and Bob went down to the DuPont factory and strimmed all 3 styles around the tidal diversion. We also trimmed and mowed along the edge of the security fence and behind the barrier, and strimmed the access from the shore side style to the beach. We installed another Blue Bin, did some litter picking and emptied the Blue Bin at Turnberry dunes.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, August 16th, 2019 at 9:00pm
A new 5* review from Paisley Ramblers over on Trip Advisor! Great to hear that future trips are planned to cover the entire 100 mile trail 👍
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Ayrshire Coastal PathThursday, August 15th, 2019 at 8:27pm
Scotland's Rural College are hosting a 'Beach Explorer' event on Sat 31st Aug in Troon. Activities include:
*Micro-plastics on our beaches – investigation of micro-plastics found in the sand.
*The Natural History Museum Seaweed Hunt
*Coastal birds
*Sandcastle Competition

For more information or to enrol see the link below. https://www.sruc.ac.uk/beachexplorer

Don't forget that the Ayrshire Coastal Path team will also be in Troon that afternoon with a stall at Troon Scout Hall as part of the Eco Ayrshire Festival! No need to register for that, just pop in and see us. Chat about the ACP, the work of our volunteers and purchase the Official Guidebook if you don't already have it!

So that's your plans for Saturday 31st Aug sorted! 😊
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSunday, August 11th, 2019 at 10:38pm
Pathminders' Report: Last week a big team of eight tackled the famous Fisherton Gulley steps. With the last few weeks of warm and wet weather, the growth was considerable. We weeded both path sides (thistles, dockens, brambles & bracken) strimmed all the step risers, and then both banks to 1m. Also transported 20 bags of whin chips down to landing, and levelled and resurfaced several sloping sections where the chips had slid down the membrane. The new steps are functioning very well and much appreciated by walkers.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSunday, August 11th, 2019 at 8:00pm
Would you recommend the Ayrshire Coastal Path to people visiting the area? We'd love some more reviews on Trip Advisor if you have a few minutes to spare 🙂
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, August 10th, 2019 at 7:26pm
We are really excited to be supporting Eco Ayrshire 2019 taking place this month! We have 3 events lined up all of which will allow us to show how we are taking steps today to sustain tomorrow. We hope that you will join us, all events are open to the public! Read more at the link below...

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