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and still marked in green on new OS Explorer Maps, the cliff-top route from Currarie Port to Langdale Farm has been withdrawn from the official ACP route at the farmer’s request, due to the irresponsible actions of some walkers with uncontrolled dogs (Check Route Stage 1).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 shared Gillian's Walks's post.Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at 6:09am
Great achievement. Well done to those who attended.
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Ayrshire Coastal Path shared Gillian's Walks's post.Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 9:41am
Great work guys!
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Ayrshire Coastal Path added 4 new photos.Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at 3:58am
Tom and Cherry continue their journey passing by Culzean.
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Ayrshire Coastal Path added 11 new photos.Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 1:59am
Tom and Cherry Pyron are well down the path coming up from the south. Weather has been mixed but their cheerfulness is very high. A few photos from them to cheer us all.
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Ayrshire Coastal PathSaturday, September 8th, 2018 at 7:56pm

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In the field behind Gull Cottage - there is a large herd of cows with newborn calves, which will be resident for the next few months.

Please use the beach route if possible.

If this is impossible at High Tide, assess situation with cattle and calves.

If cattle are close to the shore fence - detour quietly round top of field by main road fence, or use the A77T road verge (take great care - fast Trunk Road traffic) and return to next kissing gate if you feel safe to do so.

Never get between a cow and its calf.

If the cattle are distant at top of field - and if happy to proceed, walk quietly and smartly along the shore fence path to the next kissing gate exit. Get over fence if protective cattle approach.

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