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Ayrshire Coast Path - North section

Ayrshire Coast Path - North section

A walk from Ayr to Largs, visiting the bustling coastal resorts found along Ayrshire's northern coast.

4 to 5 nights
39 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £385 per person

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About this route

The northern half of the Ayrshire Coast Path wanders along long, sandy beaches between bustling resorts, seaside towns and yachts moored in historic harbours. The tranquil floodplain pasture of the Garnock Floods Nature Reserve is a rare diversion from the route’s favoured territory – sweeping expanses of sand and shingle leading down to the sea – all of which make for a gentle, scenic walk.

The variety of settlements along this route offer plenty of great attractions themselves. Irvine in particular boasts the Bridge of Scottish Invention, the Maritime Museum and Seagate Castle, while another fortification in the form of Portencross Castle can be viewed towards the end of this fantastic walk.

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 - North section map
Ayr to Largs
39 miles (62 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the fantastic coastal vistas between Ayr and Largs.

Exploring the grand ruins of Kilwinning Abbey and learning more about the region's past.

Visiting the trail’s many fascinating historical sites, including Tam o’Shanter’s Brig o’Doon and the Burns Heritage Centre.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
AYRN1 From Ayr to Largs 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£385
AYRN2 From Ayr to Largs 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£480

Ayrshire Coastal Path - North Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

Travel to Ayr where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ayr to Irvine. 14 miles (22km)

Day 2

Irvine to Ardrossan. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 3

Ardrossan to Largs. 14 miles (22km)


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.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

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 travel 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 on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller 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?

  • 4 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 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: 38.5 miles (61.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14 miles (22 km)
Code: AYRN1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Ayr
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 - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Ayr) and also at the end of the trail (Largs).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Ayr and from Largs.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Ayr.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Largs to Ayr.

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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