Ayrshire Coastal Path
161 km / 100 miles
The 100 mile Ayrshire Coastal Path from Glenapp Kirk, just north of Stranaraer, to Skelmorlie, seven miles south west of Greenock, along Scotland’s south west coast, is to be officially launched on 28 June 2008. Created by the Rotary Club of Ayr, the project was devised and coordinated by retired GP Dr Jimmy Begg, and his volunteer band of fellow Rotarians, who spent many hundreds of hours surveying, scrub-clearing, path-building, and setting contracts for gates and signage.
Walking northwards along the Ayrshire coast (best direction - with wind and sun in their backs), walkers will gaze constantly on one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles, with the granite plug of Ailsa Craig, then the ever-changing profile of Arran - ‘The Sleeping Warrior’ - providing a feast for the eye and the camera.
From Glenapp to Ayr, the path follows wild cliff-top tracks, old turnpike roads, and rough and sandy beaches, past ruined castles and small fishing villages - and the Open Championship golf course at Turnberry. From Ayr northwards, the going is much gentler along sandy beaches past Prestwick - the birthplace of Open championship golf - and its successor, Royal Troon.
The wildlife is prolific, but is best seen - as always - by small groups with muted clothing and voices. Inspired by the work of Ayr Rotary, the Rotary Club of Stranraer is about to develop a 10-mile path from Stranraer to Glenapp, which will link the Ayrshire Coastal path to the Southern Upland Way; and in the north, Gourock Rotary Club is hoping to develop a link from Skelmorlie to the Erskine Bridge and Forth and Clyde Canal, thus forming a link with the West Highland Way. It will then be possible to walk from Eyemouth to Inverness via Stranraer and the Ayrshire coast - if you are brave enough!
|Path Type:||Scotland's Great Trails|
|Waymark:||Coastal scene in green on white disc|
|Attributes:||Challenging; Coastal; Heritage; Sport|
NX073745 - Glenapp Kirk, Ballantrae, South Ayrshire
NS192675 - Skelmorlie, North Ayrshire
|Open Date:||June 2008|
|Web Sites:||Ayrshire Coastal Path|
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
|Paperback:||Ayrshire Coastal Path: The Official Guide Book (James Begg - 2008)|
|Paperback:||Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (Cicerone Press - 2011)|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:|
|OS Landranger:||63, 70, 76|
|OS Explorer:||309, 317, 326, 333, 341, 363|
|OS Explorer Active:||309, 317, 326, 333, 341, 363|
Walking Support Providers:
|Support Providers:||Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Contours Walking Holidays)|
|Path Highlights:||Ayrshire Coastal Path Highlights|
|Scotland's Great Trails:||Mull of Galloway Trail; River Ayr Way; Southern Upland Way|
|Other Paths:||Loch Ryan Coastal Path|
|GPS Exchange Format Route File:||Ayrshire Coastal Path GPX Exchange Format Route File||Login to Download
|MemoryMap Route file:||Ayrshire Coastal Path Memory Map Route File||Login to Download
|Tracklogs Route file:||Ayrshire Coastal Path Tracklogs Route File||Login to Download
|124.7 Km (77.5 miles)
1,650 m (5,413 ft) ascent
191 m (627 ft) maximum height