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Background to the Path

To celebrate Rotary’s Centenary in 2005, the Rotary Club of Ayr began a major four-year community project in 2003 to survey a possible route, obtain the consents of farmers and landowners, engage the support of our two local councils - and seek funding for the project.

When the grant money arrived in October 2006, it realised our dream of establishing an Ayrshire Coastal Path to provide Ayrshire folk with healthy exercise and an opportunity to experience and cherish their own countryside; and to attract a great number of walking visitors to our beautiful and historic county.

Due to our simple strategy of linking existing natural beaches and walkable shore terrain by means of field-edge paths, wrack roads, existing farm tracks, promenades and old railway track - only short stretches of path have needed to be restored or built.

Rotary International is a community-based, worldwide Service Organisation with over a million members in 165 countries.

Welcome to the website of one of Scotland's Great Trails!

Map of Scotland showing area of the Ayrshire Coastal PathThe Ayrshire Coastal Path 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 Ayrshire Coastal Path connects to the Mull of Galloway Trail. and links to the Southern Upland Way at Stranraer.

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 2011. We are also very pleased that the Ayshire Coastal Path has been selected for branding and promotion by Scottish Natural Heritage as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.

The Official Guide Book (New Second Edition 2014)

As well as comprehensive details of the route, the Official Guide Book contains a wealth of information for the general public on the fascinating history, geography and natural history of the Ayrshire Coast. All proceeds from sales of the Official Guide Book are dedicated to Rotary overseas charity projects. Click here for more information and to purchase online.

Please read the Responsible Access page before walking the Path. Walkers are advised to check the news section of this website for any path updates or changes.


Temporary Closure of Turnberry Golf Course owing to major course reconstruction until summer 2016 Full details on News Page

Warning: Due to difficulties at Bennane a temporary diversion has been created along the East side of the A77. This is clearly signposted.

November 2013 - Mark Stephen from BBC Scotland Out of Doors programme walks the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Listen to what he has to say.

What tho', like commoners of air,
We wander out, we know not where,
But either house or hal'? (but - without)
Yet Nature's charms, the hills and woods,
The sweeping vales, and foaming floods,
Are free alike to all.

Robert Burns


Dunure Castle
Dunure Castle on a peaceful summer's day


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