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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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 Path shared a post.Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 2:37am
Well done and thank you to everyone who helps keep Troon beach clean for all to enjoy!
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, May 13th, 2019 at 10:02am
Delighted to learn the news that Dubbs Rd in North Ayrshire will be closed to motor vehicles from tomorrow, making this section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path safer!
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSunday, May 12th, 2019 at 8:29pm
Pathminders' Report. More concrete laid this week, along with sleepers, and now waiting for telegraph poles whcih will be the main cross-bearers. Tarting up Fisherton Gully path next week, to keep it in A1 condition.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathThursday, May 9th, 2019 at 10:42am
“I would encourage anybody to walk down the Ayrshire coast because its just a lovely experience. There’s so much you don’t see when you’re passing by in a car, you see a lot of what you don’t realise is there.” Martin Shipley.

Full story below!
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Ayrshire Coastal PathWednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 2:29am
How many men does it take to move a stone?
More progress on the Balkenna bridge project....
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathWednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 2:25am
At last we can "retire" ACP Manager Jimmy Begg's trailer (certainly not Jimmy Begg!) as we have been able to buy a new one, thanks to a successful grant application.

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