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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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 PathTuesday, January 22nd, 2019 at 8:01pm
The main job on the Coastal Path last week was on the path down to Bracken Bay, where there had been a small landslide, which needed to be repaired.
We scraped off the re-usable whin chips from the path, we barrowed stones up from the beach, we built a small retaining wall, we then cut and filled from the high side of the path to the low side and finally spread the re-usable whin chips to form a level walking surface. As if that wasn't enough, we erected 2 new direction signs, we pruned and trimmed the overgrowing vegetation and we repaired a couple of kissing gates - and of course we managed to grab a "piece" and have a "cuppa" looking out towards Arran. Volunteers always welcome!
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSunday, January 20th, 2019 at 11:27pm
Fascinating short piece on the Ayrshire Coastal Path: how it links up to the wider Scottish long distance paths network (and indeed Europe and international trails!) as well as featuring the work of the award-winning Pathminder team. Starts at 1:01:39 and lasts approx 12 mins. Happy listening!

South Ayrshire Paths Initiative
South Ayrshire Events and Festivals
Sport and Leisure South Ayrshire
Southern Upland Way
Rotary Club of Ayr
Rotary International
Paths for All
The International Appalachian Trail / Sentier International des Appalaches
Long Distance Walkers' Association (LDWA)
BBC Radio Scotland
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, January 19th, 2019 at 5:39am
Listen in to BBC Radio Scotland Out of Doors with Mark Stephen tomorrow morning, Saturday 19th January from 0630-0800 to hear the Ayrshire Coastal Path feature recorded last week, live from the Path! Or online later in the day if that's too early for you! 😴
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSunday, January 13th, 2019 at 9:10pm
Please keep the Ayrshire Coastal Path tidy.

Photo credit: Gillian's Walks
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, January 12th, 2019 at 8:11am
You may not think so, but here is the "creme de la creme" of our Pathminders squad.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, January 11th, 2019 at 5:40am
And here are some of the Pathminders enjoying a "day off". What else would they do but take a walk along the Ayrshire Coastal Path! And on this occasion, Mark Stephens, from the BBC Saturday morning programme, joined them. We will post on Facebook when it is to be aired.

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