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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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




Visit our charity page on BT MyDonate

If you enjoyed walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path, please use this "mydonate" button to make donations securely. It really does make a difference.

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 Audio link

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Ayrshire Coastal Path updated their cover photo.Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 7:30pm
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Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, December 14th, 2018 at 7:15pm
This may look like the boys having a rest, but they have already moved this massive log 50 metres up the beach! https://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/2018/12/13/new-resting-place-for-weary-walkers/
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Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, December 14th, 2018 at 8:15am
The Official Ayrshire Coastal Path Guidebook makes a brilliant stocking filler for anyone who loves walking!

Much more than just a route guide...

"Walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path without the Official Guidebook? You are missing a treat! It is packed with information on the history, geography and natural history of the area and I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of walking any part of it" - Gillian Craig, Gillian's Walks

Purchase a copy on our website >> https://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/guidebook/
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Ayrshire Coastal Path is feeling proud.Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 9:21am
Did you know that the Ayrshire Coastal Path is one of Scotland's Great Trails?? These 29 routes have been given this special designation from Scottish Natural Heritage as "the finest long distance trails" in the country!!

Our 100 mile route between Glenapp and Skelmorlie was created by the Rotary Club of Ayr 10 years ago and is maintained and managed by a dedicated team of volunteers. We rely solely on external funding & donations to make path improvements and carry out annual maintenance.

We hope you have been able to enjoy walking sections of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, or perhaps you are one of the growing numbers who have hiked the entire route! We'd love to know what you thought of our "Great Trail"
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Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, December 10th, 2018 at 5:23am
If you have chosen to donate to a worthwhile cause this year instead of sending Christmas cards, why not consider the Ayrshire Coastal Path? The 100 mile route is one of Scotland's Great Trails but is entirely maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers and relies on donations to exist.

Click the 'Donate' button on our Homepage or click the link below. Thank you, we really appreciate it. Merry Christmas!

DONATE HERE ➡️ https://bit.ly/2BOz4gK
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared Russ Cheshire's post.Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 7:48am
Great shot from Troon's Ballast Bank! Wouldn't want to be doing the cliff walk today 🌊

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