Walking & Cycling

Ayrshire Coastal Path: (stage 1) Glenapp Kirk to Ballantrae

Glenapp Kirk, Carrick, Ayrshire KA26 0NZ

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The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs 100miles from Glenapp in the South of Carrick all the way north through South Ayrshire and on as far Skelmorlie along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Selected as one of Scotland’s Great Trails in 2010, the Ayrshire Coastal Path is fast developing an excellent reputation as a route that has everything to offer a walker. Hosting breathtaking scenery and wildlife as well as passing by famous castles steeped in history, it is little wonder its popularity is growing.

N.B. The Ayrshire Coastal Path is essentially a practical ‘route’ rather than a laid-out formal path. Especially in the south, it is primarily a path suitable only for well-equipped agile walkers, since many stretches along cliff-tops and rough stony beaches are not suitable for casual strollers, cyclists or horses.

Glenapp Kirk to Ballantrae

Glenapp Kirk - Sandloch Hill track - Glendrisaig - Craigans - Currarie Port - Downan Hill - Stinchar Road Bridge - Ballantrae Harbour

Start: Glenapp Kirk, Carrick, Ayrshire KA26 0NZ

End: Ballantrae Harbour, Ayrshire KA26 0NH

Distance:  8.3 miles (13.5 km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage1.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website)

This route is not the easiest of walks, with some long ascents over rough roads, farm tracks, grassy cliff-tops and livestock areas. Furthermore, the council now deems Old Stinchar Brig unsafe. However if you are able to face the terrain, the benefits are extensive. Along this impressive coastal route, walkers can enjoy excellent views as well as birdlife. There are also some major historical points of interest such as prehistoric cairns, standing stones, smuggling coves and Ardstinchar Castle.