Book OnlineAyrshire Coastal Path
Total distance: 83 miles (132.5 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Glen App
End of holiday: Largs
Day 1: Travel to Ballantrae where your first nights accommodation has been booked
Transport is provided from Ballantrae to Glen App for the morning of your walk.
Day 2: Glen App to Lendalfoot. 15 miles (24km)
Day 3: Lendalfoot to Turnberry/Maidens. 12.5 miles (20km)
Day 4: Turnberry/Maidens to Ayr. 17 miles (27km)
Day 5: Ayr to Irvine. 14 miles (22.5km)
Day 6: Irvine to Ardrossan. 10.5 miles (17km)
Day 7: Ardrossan to Largs. 13.5 miles (21.5km)
Day 8: Depart from Largs after breakfast
The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.
Extra nights / rest days
If you would like to take an extra day to explore, write postcards or rest your weary legs, an extra night is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.
If you have an interest in golf, Turnberry is a must-see destination as it is home to one of the earliest and most successful golf resorts in the world. Nearby, the little fishing village of Maidens is a peaceful place to explore and is said to be where Robert the Bruce once landed.
If you prefer something a little livelier, the county town of Ayr has a range of shops. On the town’s outskirts is Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, or you may wish to visit the Burns National Heritage Park, the Burns Monument or Tam o’Shanter’s Brig o’Doon.
The popular seaside town of Largs is a great location to spend an extra day at the end of your holiday. Here, there are a variety of historic monuments, including the three sisters and the pencil monument, or you may prefer to head into the hills for an additional walk or enjoy some of the marvellous restaurants and shops in the town.
- 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
- Breakfast each day.
- Door to door luggage transfer.
- Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
- An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
- Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
- Emergency assistance.
Travel InformationDetailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.
By Air – The most convenient major cities and international airports are Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. You can then take a train to Girvan (for Ballantrae).
By Rail –The nearest railway station to the start of the trail (Ballantrae) is Girvan. There is a railway station at the end of the trail (Largs) within walking distance of most accommodations.
From London - Trains run regularly between Girvan or Largs and Heathrow Airport changing at Glasgow Central and London Euston. There are also regular trains between Girvan or Largs and Gatwick Airport, changing at Glasgow Central, London Euston and London Victoria.
Return to Start – The easiest and quickest way to return to Ballantrae from Largs is to take a train from Largs to Girvan changing at Ayr, then complete the journey to Ballantrae by bus.
It is very easy to travel to the start (and return home from the end) of the holiday using public transport. Please click here for more information.
Click here for a summary of monthly average temperatures and rainfall for this trail.