Stretching for 148km from the southern to northernmost limits of the county, the Ayrshire Coastal Path sticks close to the coastline itself and for much of its length runs along sandy beaches. The two halves of the route have a contrasting character, with remoter, more rural countryside - and rougher walking - on the first half to Ayr, suceeded by the more urban and industrial landscapes of the northern half.
The route was developed by the Rotary Club of Ayr over 4 years to celebrate its centenary. Almost the entire route is blessed with superb vistas out to sea, with the great rock of Ailsa Craig and the dramatic outline of the great ridges of Arran seen across the Firth of Clyde.
|Glenapp to Ballantrae||15km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Ballantrae to Lendalfoot||10km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Lendalfoot to Girvan||11km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Girvan to Maidens||13.25km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Maidens to Dunure||10.25km||4 - 4.5 hours|
|Dunure to Ayr||11.75km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|Ayr to Troon||15.25km||4.5 - 5 hours|
|Troon to Irvine||11km||3 - 3.5 hours|
|Irvine to Ardrossan||14.75km||4 – 4.5 hours|
|Ardrossan to Portencross||10.5km||3 -3.5 hours|
|Portencross to Largs Marina||11.25km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Largs Marina to Skelmorlie||14km||4.5 - 5 hours|
The route is waymarked and for much of the distance runs along sandy beaches or rocky shores, whilst other parts follow cyclepaths. The walking is generally straightforward, with just a few stages offering some harder going with muddy sections and ascents / clifftop paths. Some sections can be impassable at high tide, so timetables should be checked as mentioned in the stage descriptions.
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For walkers attempting the Ayrshire Coastal Path as a continuous walk, there are plenty of options for overnight accommodation along the route.
Glenapp at the start has no facilities, but can be reached by bus along the A77. Ballantrae has a small hotel/inn and some bed and breakfast accommodation, as well as a tearoom and shop.
Lendalfoot has no facilities except for a phone box and bus stop with a service to Girvan or back to Ballantrae, so you could stay 2 nights at either of those places or double up the stage.
Girvan is a small town with a choice of hotels, shops and eating places.
Maidens is a fishing village and has a hotel and bed and breakfast, with further hotels in nearby Turnberry. Dunure is similary a village with an inn and guest houses.
There are also all services available in the towns of Troon, Irvine and Ardrossan.
Portencross is an attractive spot but has no services; there is accommodation available in nearby West Kilbride. Largs has a choice of hotels and guest houses.
Finally, Skelmorlie and neighbouring Wemyss Bay both offer hotel and guest house accommodation.
The Ayrshire Coastal Path is mostly very well served by public transport and can be walked a stage at a time.
There are buses to the start and end of each stage, apart from Portencross (bus at West Kilbride) and Largs marina (bus at Largs) - in both cases the bus stop is close to the route a short distance along the trail.
Additionally, trains serve Girvan, Ayr, Troon, Irvine, Ardrossan, West Kilbride, Largs and Wemyss Bay by the end of the trail.
Timetables for all the routes can be found on Traveline Scotland.
There are 91 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Ayrshire Coastal Path. To record if you have completed the route, you must register and be logged in. Our users have contributed 3 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.
|A Winter's Tale: Ballantrae to Lendalfoot.||tookiebunten||14/02/2011||7|
|The Masters of Ballantrae: Glenapp to Ballantrae||tookiebunten||29/01/2011||6|
|Maidens to Ayr||dunrig||17/09/2013||2|