Ayrshire Coast Path - South section

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

4 to 7 nights
45 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £365 per person

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About this route

This holiday option follows the Ayrshire Coast Path along its wild and remote southern section. Over the gentle slopes of the Glenapp estate, framed by woodland and heather moors, the trail ascends to powerful clifftop views toward Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre.

These dramatic panoramas characterise the walk throughout, with plenty more woven in for you to enjoy; including castle ruins, old fishing ports, smuggling caves and the fascinating rock formations of Kennedy’s pass. 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.

Ayrshire Coast Path - South section map
Glen App to Ayr
45 miles (71 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 Glen App to Ayr 4 nights, 3 days walking Demanding£365
AYRS2 From Glen App to Ayr 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£455
AYRS3 From Glen App to Ayr 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate£545
AYRS4 From Glen App to Ayr 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate£635

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

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

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

Day 1

Glen App to Lendalfoot. 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

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

Day 3

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


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.

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
£30.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£20.00 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 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.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12.5 miles (20 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: AYRS1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Glen App
End of holiday: Ayr

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday 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 (Ayr).

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

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 bus from Ayr 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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