From Glenapp to Skelmorlie, the Ayrshire Coastal Path runs for 100 miles (161km) along the rugged cliff-tops and sandy shores of one of Britain’s finest panoramic coastlines, with iconic Ailsa Craig and Arran always in the frame. It is primarily a route for walkers, who will tramp the native heath of Scotland’s three greatest heroes – Burns, Bruce and Wallace – over a land steeped in history, and teeming with wildlife.
Now well-established and very popular, the Ayrshire Coastal Path was launched in June 2008 by the Rotary Club of Ayr to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary International; and in the same year won the British Isles Rotary Environmental Award 2008.
In 2010, it was selected by Scottish Natural Heritage and Visit Scotland to be branded and promoted as one of twenty Scotland’s Great Trails and in the same year ACP was invited by the International Appalachian Trail in Canada, to be a vital link with Ireland in the newly launched IAT Europe.
In 2015, it combined with two other Rotary-created, autonomous trails, the Mull of Galloway Trail and the Clyde Coastal Path to form the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail – running 161 miles from Mull of Galloway to the West Highland Way.
In 2017, the ACP offered to host over 40 miles of the proposed Pilgrims’ Whithorn Way, which will run from Glasgow Cathedral to Whithorn Priory and St Ninian’s Cave.
In 2018, in The Times magazine, the ACP featured as one of the UK’s Top Twenty Coastal Walks; and its fifty-strong Pathminders maintenance team was awarded Paths for All ‘s Community Path Group of the Year Award.
Visit website at Ayrshire Coastal Path