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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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

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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

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Ayrshire Coastal PathTuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 11:10am
Last week's Pathimders work was remedial. Only two weeks ago we built a revetment to prevent erosion at Turnberry beach. Storm Erik took its toll and blew/washed away all the sand reinforcing it. However on the plus side, it washed up tonnes of sizeable pebbles which were no where to be seen two weeks ago. We collected these stones and used them to back fill the revetment. That should fix Erik's successors!
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared Girvan's post.Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 11:15am
We are loving these stunning drone images of Girvan! Great view of the promenade and harbour, both of which you will experience when walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path. 😍 Follow Girvan for regular fantastic photography of the area.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, February 18th, 2019 at 8:53am
The pink sands of Ardneil Bay on approach to Portencross, caused by the grinding down of red sandstone found all along the beach. One of the highlights of the northern half of the Ayrshire Coastal Path!
Photo: Gillian's Walks
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Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 8:54pm
What a treat! Some of the Pathminders were working away when they spotted an otter coming out the water. He was oblivious to the squad and casually made his way towards them. Great photos from ACP Staff Photograper, Euan Nicol. https://ayrshirecoastalpath.org/2019/02/15/recent-pathminders-potter-on-an-ayrshire-beach/
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Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, February 8th, 2019 at 10:19pm
The Big Beach Clean is on again. Sat 30 March 2019 from 9am till 12. Please join us for 3 hours of fun! And make a real difference to Ayrshire's beautiful beaches.
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Ayrshire Coastal Path added 3 new photos.Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 9:36pm
Pathminders' Report: Last Friday, on a very cold, but crystal clear and windless day, we had a squad of 9 out at Turnberry. We moved 8 sleepers from Seafield to the dunes at Turnberry and installed a length of barrier to prevent any further erosion of the sand dunes.

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