Walking & Cycling

Ayrshire Coastal Path: Connecting Sections

The Ancient Royal Burgh of Ayr, KA7 1BW

Phone number:

Email:

Ayr to Troon Harbour

Ayr Tourist Office - High Street - Auld Brig o Ayr - River Street - Main Street – Peebles St - Limekiln Road - Newton Shore - Bentfield - Prestwick Promenade and Beach - Dune path by Old Prestwick Golf Course to bridge across Pow Burn - path past Prestwick Holiday Park and Royal Troon Golf Course to Troon South Sands - Troon Esplanade to Troon Harbour and Ferry Terminal

Start: The Ancient Royal Burgh of Ayr, KA7 1BW

End: Harbour, Troon KA10 6DX

Distance: 7.8 miles (12.5 km) 

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage7.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website) This section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path is a lot gentler and can be tackled by less experienced walkers. However, what it lacks in difficulty, it does not lack in rewards. With views across the Firth of Clyde from Prestwick promenade as well as seals and birdlife to be spotted off Troon. This is another walk that will not disappoint. For any keen golfers this walk also passes the famous Old Prestwick and Royal Troon golf courses. Historical highlights consist of Ayr Auld Kirk, Auld Brig o Ayr, Bruce’s Well and more!!


Troon to Irvine

Portencross to LargsShort Beach Route - Troon Harbour - Barassie shore - Irvine Beach Park and Harbour - Ancient Burgh of Irvine

Start: Harbour, Troon KA10 6DX

End: Harbour, Irvine KA12 8PP

Distance: 6 miles (10 km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage8.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website) This is another gentle section of the Ayrshire coastal path with promenades, pavements and sandy beaches following the coastline to Irvine. Along the way, walkers can enjoy distant view of the southern uplands as well as Ayr and Irvine seascapes. Over and above the views, walkers will also pass the Magnum Leisure centre, Scottish Maritime Museum and Bridge of Scottish Invention.


Irvine to Ardrossan

Inland route – Irvine Low Green - NCN7 north - Town’s Moor - Ravenspark - Garnock Floods SWT Nature Reserve - Kilwinning - Kilwinning Abbey - NCN7 south - NCN73 west - Byrehill Road - B752 to Ardeer - Shore Road - Stevenson Beach Park - East

Shore - Saltcoats Harbour - Saltcoats South Beach Esplanade - Ardrossan Cross, Harbour and Marina

Start: Irvine KA12 8PP

End: Ardrossan, Ayrshire KA22 8BZ

Distance:10.8 miles (17.5 km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage9.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website)

Along this easy section walkers can sample the sweeping views of Ayr and Irvine Bays while they follow the cycleway across the Town Moor to Ardeer then traverse the sandy beaches at Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan. Kilwinning Abbey and the North Ayrshire Local Museum are also on route, along with Ardrossan Castle.


Ardrossan to Portencross

Ardrossan Harbour and Marina - North Beach - Seamill - Portencross

Start: Ardrossan, Ayrshire KA22 8BZ

End: Portencross, West Kilbride, Ayrshire KA23 9QA

Distance:  6.5 miles (10.5 km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage10.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website)

This section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path is more tranquil than some of the more industrial previous sections and is less difficult than some of the more southern parts, so can be enjoyed by less experienced walkers. Leaving Ardrossan you can expect easy promenades, pavements and sandy beaches along a continuously beautiful coastline with birdlife and seals. On route, look out for Iron Age duns on the escarpment and The Sea Mill.


Portencross to Largs

Portencross Castle - Three Sisters - Hunterston Nuclear Power Station - Hunterston Sands - Gull’s Walk - A78 Cycle Path - Fairlie Shore Path - Fairlie Church - Fairlie Marina Bridge - Causeway Walk - Largs Marina

Start: Portencross, West Kilbride, Ayrshire KA23 9QA

End: Largs Marina, Ayrshire KA30 8EZ

Distance:  7.1 miles (11.5 km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage11.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website)

A plethora of historical sites can be found on this route: Portencross hill fort, Portencross Castle and Spanish Galleon to name just a few of the many highlights. The route itself is not difficult as it is mainly on farm tracks pavements and paths. This means the walker can keep an eye out for sea birds and even birds of prey on The Three Sisters crags near Hunterston.  The Clyde Port Deep Water Terminal and Hunterston Nuclear Power Stations can also be viewed, but don’t forget to look out for The Pencil Monument on arrival in Largs.


Largs to Skelmorlie

12 The Pencil - Largs Seafront - Largs Pier - Vikingar – then:

A ‘High Road’ up Noddsdale Water - Brisbane Glen Road - Brisbane Mains Farm - The Knock Hill – Blackhouse Burn – Red Road to Skelmorlie - Kelly Burn and County Boundary

Start: Largs Marina, Ayrshire KA30 8EZ

End: Skelmorlie, Ayrshire PA17 5DT

Distance: 9.3 mile (15 km)

B ‘Low Road’ along Routenburn Road ((Red Road) - Knock Castle – Meigle – A78 (T) - Skelmorlie Bridge - Skelmorlie Castle - Red Road to Skelmorlie - Kelly Burn and County Boundary

Start: Largs Marina, Ayrshire KA30 8EZ

End: Skelmorlie, Ayrshire PA17 5DT


Distance 7.1 miles (11.5 km)

Download map, route of path also available from:http://www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org/route/stage12.html (Created by Ayrshire Coastal Path Website)

For those walkers looking for more of a challenge, route A the High Road with farm tracks and a 200m ascent is the way to go. For those planning to take it a little easier the shorter route B the Low Road maybe more suitable. However, whichever route chosen this final leg of the Ayrshire Coastal Path will offer a wealth of highlights from the Site of Battle of Largs and the Neolithic chambered cairn, to Skelmorlie Aisle and Vikingar Visitor Centre. On top of these are The Prophet’s Grave, and the fantastic panoramic view from the Iron Age vitrified fort on the summit of The Knock hill.


Tags