Walk 121 – Ayrshire Coastal Path: Glenapp to Ballantrae (9.3 miles)

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Entirely inland, this route is very peaceful and offers easy walking! Initially across hilly moorland the path then winds it's way down to the village of Ballantrae following farm tracks and quiet country roads. Almost entirely high-level, the views on a clear day are simply stunning. Look out for pheasants, rabbits, butterflies, lizards and plenty of cattle! You may even catch sight of the P&O ferry on a sailing between Stranraer and Belfast. Do the walk in early Spring to see the yellow flowering gorse bush at it's finest.

See also Walk 226 – Glenapp to Ballantrae via clifftops (9.5 miles) for a more challenging option.

  Small parking area across the road from Glenapp Kirk, just off A77 and also at  The Vennel, Ballantrae (KA26 0NH) (free public toilets available here). There are also bus services between Ballantrae and Glenapp Kirk.

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Glenapp to Ballantrae

WALK REVIEW: 8th April 2017

I have only fond memories of this section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path and it is a walk which I will return to one day. Navigation was simple, the views tremendous, and to top it all off I hardly met a soul! I was very fortunate to stumble upon a glorious cloud-free day, albeit a little hazy in the distance which meant that Ailsa Craig was only just visible. I was blown away by the sheer volume of pheasants in this area! Initially every time one heard me coming and flapped off I would jump but I became used to them very quickly. I didn’t manage to capture any in photos, they were just too fast for me.  On the very first section of this walk a lizard scuttered across the dry gravel path in front of me.  It reminded me of my adventures hiking in France 🙂

Glenapp Kirk
The official start point of the Ayrshire Coastal Path
Lovely peaceful farm tracks, a haven for birds and small animals
What a beautiful coconut scent I could smell from the flowering gorse bush! This is the view down to Ballantrae from high up on the hillside.
Go to: next section Ballantrae to Lendalfoot
Go to: full Ayrshire Coastal Path review

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