Old Coach Road
Just breathe in the fresh coastal air…
Ailsa Craig Sunset
Stunning light, morning and evening
Peaceful view towards Ailsa Craig
Arran in the background
Fabulous views of Arran from many different angles
Perhaps the finest coastal path in Scotland…
The magnificent beach is all yours…
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
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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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
The path was created by the Rotary Club of Ayr using volunteer labour. Now a group of Pathminders, Rotarians and others, men and women, work tirelessly throughout the year maintaining and improving the Path. 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
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
Book a walking holiday!
Contours Walking Holidays are the professionals at organising walking tours. They will book your accommodation and provide transfers if required.
Radio Scotland features the ACP again! Listen to Out of Doors reporter, Mark Stephen, aired on 19 Jan 2019
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.
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