Lochryan Coastal Path

Glenapp Kirk - Stranraer

section 1 map Distance: 11 miles

On 7 August 2009 the Ayrshire Coastal Path was extended southwards with the formation of the Lochryan Coastal Path, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Stranraer. The walk extends for eleven miles to Stranraer Tourist Information Office and so provides a facility to join up with the Southern Upland Way.

The route commences at Glenapp Church and traverses the estates of Glenapp and Lochryan, with their rolling hills and occasional glens providing the ever-present panorama of bonnie Loch Ryan with Arran, Mull of Kintyre, Northern Ireland, Rhinns of Galloway and Luce Bay featuring in the skyline.

On reaching the village of Cairnryan the footpath follows close to the shoreline of Loch Ryan, passing the historic motte at Innermessan, before arriving in Stranraer.

This is a pleasant way-marked route with ten information boards (see below) located throughout to illustrate and explain the birdlife and historic features for which the area is noted. Sections of the walk include steep gradients and stout footwear is recommended for the off-road sections.

Lochryan Coastal Path sign

Leaflets providing information on the walk are available and have been supplied to tourist information offices, garden centres, hotels and b. & b. establishments throughout Southern Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Click here to download the Lochryan Coastal Path leaflet as a PDF (200kb)

Listings of accommodation available on the Lochryan Coastal Path can be found in the accommodation section.

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