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Ayrshire Coast Path - South section

Ayrshire Coast Path - South section

An engaging walk from Girvan to Ayr along the wild southern section of Ayrshire's coastline.

3 to 4 nights
24 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate

From £290 per person

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About this route

This holiday option follows the Ayrshire Coast Path along its wild and remote southern section. Dramatic panoramas characterise the walk throughout; including castle ruins, old fishing ports, smuggling caves and fascinating rock formations. This is the more rugged half of the coastal path, but it is surmountable with a bit of care and a sturdy pair of boots.

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 - South section map
Girvan to Ayr
24 miles (38 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the wonderful clifftop scenery, with views reaching as far as the Mull of Kintyre and Ailsa Craig.

Spotting a variety of birdlife along the coast, including shags, fulmars, puffins and terns.

Exploring the bustling town of Ayr, with its proud ties to the famous poet, Robert Burns.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
AYRS1 From Girvan to Ayr 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£290
AYRS2 From Girvan to Ayr 4 nights, 3 days walking Easy / Moderate£385

Ayrshire Coastal Path - South Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Girvan to Dunure(T). 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 2

Dunure(T) to Ayr. 9 miles (14.5km)


Depart from Ayr 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?

  • 3 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.

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.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: AYRS1 Grade: Moderate
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Girvan
End of holiday: Ayr

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 (Girvan), and also at the end of the trail (Ayr).

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

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

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

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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