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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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.Friday, November 2nd, 2018 at 5:22am
The repair work continues... Today we were working close to Prestwick Golf Club, and a fine morning it was too.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 5 new photos.Monday, October 29th, 2018 at 7:16am
This morning a 17-strong group of volunteers (including 11 of our very own Pathminders) took part in a joint Autumn Clean Up of an inland stretch of the ACP between Irvine and Kilwinning. This was a collaboration between ACP, Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire, and Promote Kilwinning. After the clean up Harry Richards of SWT took us on a guided walk of the Garnock Floods Nature Reserve.
As you'll see we cleared the path of a lot of litter and other larger items and we also shovelled leaves and soil from various points, cleared a blocked drain, clipped back overhanging vegetation...Thanks!
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 3 new photos.Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 9:10am
Great day for walking the path from Dunure to Doonfoot. Crashing waves, the sound of the oystercatchers, curlews and the sight of two peregrine falcons too.
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path added 2 new photos.Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 at 1:47am
New signage around Irvine Beach Park. Please let us know if you think any other new signs would be useful.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathMonday, October 15th, 2018 at 6:37pm
Join us on Sunday 28th Oct at 10am to help with an Autumn Clean-up of an inland section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path between Irvine and Kilwinning. We are pleased to be partnering with Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire, Sustrans Scotland and Promote Kilwinning for this event!
To let us know you'd like to help please email our Path Warden Gillian on gillianswalks@gmail.com
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Ayrshire Coastal Path shared Charlie Steele's post.Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 6:28pm
A beautiful afternoon for a walk along the beach from Barassie to Irvine. Part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path , this is a very popular route for dog-walkers.

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