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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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



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

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Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 2:23am
The "Wet Gully" is now dry! Well at least a massive improvement. We have completed the laying of whin chips, right down to the beach. So next time you walk north from Dunure, spare a thought for the "oldies", who lugged 5 tonnes down the steep path to keep your feet dry.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 2:14am
We are famous! The Times, on Sat 11 Aug, carried an article about the top twenty Best Coastal Walks in Britain, and featured the Ayrshire Coastal Path on the front page! It highlighted the section from Maidens to Dunure. Why not walk it to see if you agree. Let us know by posting your comments here.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 4 new photos.Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 4:28am
We are tackling a troublesome area north of Dunure. The "wet gully" is a short descent to the beach, but is very boggy. We have laid a plastic membrane topped with whin chips, which will help greatly. A good turnout of 9 pathminders today managed to complete 50% of the work. A couple walking the Path appreciated the improvement already, and next week it should be finished.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal PathFriday, August 3rd, 2018 at 4:22am
Lots of activity from willing hands
Ayrshire Coastal Path

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