Ayrshire Coast Path

A walking holiday from Glenapp to Largs along the fabulous Ayrshire coastline.

7 to 11 nights
83 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £635 per person

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About this route

The full Ayrshire Coast Path is a spectacular 83-mile walk along a scenic coastline brimming with unforgettable sights. Beginning in Glenapp, in the shadow of an impressive castle, the trail winds its way along clifftops and sandy beaches, visiting an array of charming fishing settlements and historic landmarks along the way.

With its far-reaching panoramas, rare wildlife and tranquil atmosphere, the Ayrshire Coast Path is a wonderfully varied trail with new discoveries at every turn.

The Ayrshire Coast Path was created by the Rotary Club of Ayr to mark the Centenary of Rotary International in 2005. The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. For every person booking this tour, Contours Walking Holidays will make a £5.00 donation to The Rotary Foundation.

© Contours Walking Holidays Ayrshire Coast Path map
Glenapp to Largs
83 miles (133 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Spotting plenty of wonderful coastal wildlife, with the possibility of seeing seals, porpoise pods and perhaps even otters of the coastline.

Learning about Scotland’s best loved poet, Robert Burns, at his birthplace near Ayr.

Exploring the many quaint fishing villages such as Ballantrae, Maidens and Dunure, and discovering their unique characters.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
AYR1 From Glen App(T) to Largs 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£635
AYR2 From Glen App(T) to Largs 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£725
AYR3 From Glen App(T) to Largs 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£815
AYR4 From Glen App(T) to Largs 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate£905
AYR5 From Glen App(T) to Largs 11 nights, 10 days walking Easy / Moderate£995

Ayrshire Coastal Path 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Glen App(T) where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Glen App(T) to Lendalfoot(T). 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Lendalfoot(T) to Turnberry/Maidens. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 3

Turnberry/Maidens to Ayr. 17 miles (27km)

Day 4

Ayr to Irvine. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 5

Irvine to Ardrossan. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 6

Ardrossan to Largs. 13.5 miles (21.5km)


Depart from Largs after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

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.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

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)
Code: AYR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Glen App(T)
End of holiday: Largs

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Ballantrae - for Glenapp) is at Girvan (about 13 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Largs).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Ballantrae (for Glenapp) and from Largs.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Girvan. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Ballantrae (for Glenapp).

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Largs to Girvan. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Ballantrae (for Glenapp).

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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"Ayrshire Beacon Tower" by Matt Durfee (2017)
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"Ayrshire Path Near Portencross Castle" by Matt Durfee (2017)

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