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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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



Book a walking holiday!

Contours Walking Holidays are the professionals at organising walking tours. They will book your accommodation and provide transfers if required.

Find Accommodation on the Ayrshire Coastal Path

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

bbc-out-of-doorsRadio Scotland features the ACP again! Listen to Out of Doors reporter, Mark Stephen, aired on 19 Jan 2019


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

Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, September 16th, 2019 at 6:17pm
Pathminder Report:

We had a good squad of 8 out on Friday. The main work was a final litter pick between the bull pen and the quarry at Girvan Mains - we also emptied the Blue Bins at Balkenna and at Turnberry, with a decent haul of rubbish collected and left in a suitable location for collection by the Council.
We also took some measurements at Balkenna for fitting some handrails in the future and strimmed the approaches to the bridge at Balkenna.

If you would enjoy volunteering in the great outdoors for your local long distance trail, get in touch at info@ayrshirecoastalpath.org
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSunday, September 15th, 2019 at 8:43am
Whereabouts on the ACP am I? #justforfun
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Ayrshire Coastal Path is at The Scottish Parliament.Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 7:23am
Huge congratulations to our very own Gillian Craig who has just won Community Path Volunteer of the Year at the @PathsForAll Volunteer Awards! Thank you to Paths For All for a great evening!
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 1:10am
A team-building activity with a difference! It was a real pleasure to lead this international group along the Ayrshire Coastal Path last week. They traveled to Scotland from the Boston and London offices of Barings and took part in various activities over the course of the week. One of them my stunning castle-to-castle walk between Dunure and Greenan. A great day!

A huge thanks to the team at EnRich Outdoors who assisted with the walk, couldn't have done it without you!
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Monday, September 9th, 2019 at 8:45am
Me....last week.... talking about walking (obvs, what else do I ever talk about?! 😂)

Thank you so much to Ayrshire Young Parkinson's Group for inviting me along to their monthly meeting. A bumper attendance with lots of new faces! I look forward to some updates on your walking adventures!

Know someone of working age living with Parkinson's? Check out their friendly group: https://www.facebook.com/ayrshireyoungparkinsonsgroup/
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, September 7th, 2019 at 12:40am
The many personalities of Irvine Beach! (taken within 10 mins of each other)

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