Walk 129 – Ayrshire Coastal Path: Ardrossan to Portencross (6.5 miles)

Plenty of beach-walking on this one, with options to use earth footpaths instead should you wish. I would say this is one of the sections of the Ayrshire Coastal Path where you are most likely to bump into other walkers along the way!  Being so close to the Isle of Arran, you have the potential for some incredible views across the Firth of Clyde.

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ACP Ardrossan to Portencross

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parking-available-icon  Start: car park at Clyde Marina / Ardrossan Harbour (KA22 8DB)

End: Portencross car park (KA23 9QA)

route-image  Route: Follow Ardrossan Harbour round past some modern apartments and onwards to skirt around the outside of some wasteland. Drop down onto the beach at North Bay. At the far end of the bay you will pick up a footpath along a grassy bank running parallel to the water. Cross the bridge over Kilbride Burn and continue along the beach behind Seamill Hydro Hotel. There is a footpath between West Kilbride Golf Club and the beach which offers easy walking all the way past Ardneil Bay. When the path comes to an end, cross the pebble beach to a kissing gate and reach Portencross Car Park by following the earth path. 

I was walking the entire 100 miles of the Ayrshire Coastal Path for the Mark McCloskey Foundation and today I had my sister and friend Lesley doing the Ardrossan to Portencross section with me!



A coastal walk with plenty of beaches to walk on, hooray! What a glorious day we had for this one, couldn’t have asked for better.  I had never before seen the Isle of Arran in such clarity from the mainland – it was crystal clear which meant irresistible photo opportunities.

Ardrossan Harbour was looking fabulous with the ships’ masts reflecting in the still water and Arran standing majestically behind.
The Caledonian MacBrayne ferry making it’s way from Ardrossan to Brodick. You can just make out the silhouette of the Ailsa Craig too.
We took the easy option when there was one and chose the footpath rather than the beach. The sand was dry so it was slowing us down. When you are walking all the way to Wemyss Bay, 23 miles along the coast, time and effort matter! We were walking alongside West Kilbride Golf Club at this point and some golfers stopped to ask us about our t-shirts. I definitely noticed a difference having friends and family with me:  the charity got a lot more recognition than when I was doing it solo.
Drawing the Mark McCloskey Foundation logo in the sand 🙂 #raisingawareness

6 thoughts on “Walk 129 – Ayrshire Coastal Path: Ardrossan to Portencross (6.5 miles)

    1. Hi Ronald. I believe there is a train service from West Kilbride to Ardrossan. West Kilbride is approx 2 miles away from Portencross. Alternatively, you could end the walk 2 miles early at Seamill and take the bus to Ardrossan from there. I found this out using Google maps. Hope that’s useful.


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