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

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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.

  There is on-street parking on Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan and a public car park at Portencross (KA23 9QA). No public transport to Portencross. There are train services between Ardrossan and West Kilbride which is 2.3 miles away from Portencross, making the walk closer to 9 miles.

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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.

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!
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
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