Annual Beach Clean

Help clean the local beaches

Everyone welcome, young and old alike

Even bring your well-behaved dog!

Sat 30 March 2019 –  9am till 12 noon

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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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



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’s original visit in 2013 Audio link

Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, March 23rd, 2019 at 6:59am
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU once again to Cunninghame Ramblers for their generous donation to the Ayrshire Coastal Path. We appreciate your ongoing support! Without donations, funding and volunteers the Path could not exist. We are truly grateful.

Donations, large and small, are most welcome. If you or your walking group would like to show your appreciation of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, please use our free MyDonate button at the link below...
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, March 23rd, 2019 at 3:44am
Just over a week to go until the annual Rotary Beach Clean in South Ayrshire! See our Events area for info on meeting points and times. The cleanup takes place Sat 30th March between 9am-12pm.

After our Beach Clean, why not head to South Ayrshire Council’s Earth Fair between 12-4pm at Ayr Central! There is even a litter pick organised in Dundonald Woods at 2pm if the beach clean inspires you to do more picking! Click the link and scroll down for more details....
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared a post.Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 9:23pm
New group in Largs will be doing a cleanup on Saturday if you are available to help out. Details below.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathWednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 5:38am

**update 19th March** - Area has been taped off and a barrier erected either side. Tomorrow, 20th March, our volunteers will put up warning notices. Full repair job will commence ASAP.

Please be aware that the recent heavy rain has undermined a section of the Coastal Path near Turrnberry and this section of the Path is dangerous and should be avoided until further notice. The area in question is located between Miton Burn and the steps over the dunes - just North of the old pump house. As you can see from the attached photographs, there are 2 culverts (pipes) below the path, but the flow of water has been diverted by a blockage and the adjacent soil has been swept away. There is a very deep hole (at least 3 feet deep) close to the culverts and the edge of this hole is simply turf, floating in mid air and it will not be able to bear any weight. The hole is fairly obvious when heading South - but less so when heading North. The landowner is aware of this issue and further updates will be issued in due course. Notices are being made up and will be strategically placed to alert walkers and advise on alternative routes.

'Danger! Pipe bridge impassable due to flood damage. Northbound Walkers at low tide should use the shore; and at high tide find a way from the Pump House steps along the south side of the Milton Burn to the A719 - then return via the Beach Path to Turnberry Beach.'

'Danger! Pipe bridge impassable due to flood damage. Southbound Walkers at low tide should use the shore; and at high tide take the path up to the A719 and find a way along the south side of the Milton Burn back to the shore'."
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, March 16th, 2019 at 10:28pm
Another fantastic photo taken by our volunteer Pathminder Chris! This one was taken at the Lookout Tower south of Dunure, where she's skillfully framed Ailsa Craig through the window. Wow! Do you have some Ayrshire coast sunsets you can share with us in the comments?

📸 Chris Ogilvie
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Ayrshire Coastal PathThursday, March 14th, 2019 at 7:14pm
Last Friday night around 40 Pathminders and friends turned out for our Ayrshire Coastal Path volunteer's party! Many thanks to Alistair Tyre and Bob Gibson for organising a very enjoyable evening.

The warm atmosphere inside the Bracken Bar was a great antidote to the gale and lashing rain outside on the windswept Heads of Ayr.

Greeted with a free glass of fizzy (for the lucky ones who weren’t driving) the evening got off to a cracking start as folk chatted. In the background, thanks to Charlie Steele, a superb rolling show of ACP scenery and wild life pictures illustrated the many natural attractions of the ACP.

Hungry stomachs were then amply satisfied by a lavish finger buffet of warm foods prepared by the Bracken Bar staff, and for which we must thank David and Una Semple who both participated in and contributed to the social side of the evening.

Then it was time for the Alistair Tyre show (well quiz actually).

Seven teams of 5 or 6 struggled to retrieve bits of useless information from the depths of their now-relaxed minds. Questions were as varied as the quizzers themselves and the final sheet of questions was compiled from the official ACP Guidebook. The answer to the question of the length of the ACP (including detours) was hotly debated afterwards with some folk resorting to mobile phones for measurements to check. However the answer was 100 miles and who are we to argue with the path’s creator, Jimmy Begg? Guess whose team won the quiz!!!!

Gillian Craig delivered a well-deserved vote of thanks to everyone who had contributed to the undoubted success of the evening and to all who had participated.

Here’s to the next time and maybe see you on the path sometime soon.

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