Ayrshire Coastal Path Discovery Series

Join Gillian’s Walks on a series of guided walks along this magnificent trail

The Ayrshire Coastal Path is a stunning long-distance walking route in South West Scotland. Designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trails and part of the International Appalachian Trail, the 106 mile route travels the length of the Ayrshire coastline from Glenapp to Skelmorlie. It offers the perfect combination of rugged rocky shoreline, cliff-top paths, sandy beaches and esplanades. This is your opportunity to experience the trail on a series of carefully planned full-day guided walks, on which you will get to meet many of the volunteer Path Wardens who take care of the route. 

What's Included?

  • No need to worry about planning travel logistics, checking tide times or navigating, we’ll do all of that for you.
  • Benefit from insider knowledge of the Ayrshire Coastal Path volunteers – some of the Path Wardens will be joining our walks.
  • Learn about our coastal history and wildlife.
  • Everyone who books the whole Discovery Series of 12 walks receives a free Official Guide Book (worth £12.95)
  • Everyone who completes the whole Discovery Series of 12 walks receives a free personalised Completion Certificate (worth £10)
  • Walk series takes place one Sunday a month for 12 months, between June 2024 and May 2025. Walk dates listed below.
  • Discover the whole route or book into individual sections of your choice.
  • 15% of your ticket price will be donated to the Ayrshire Coastal Path so you’ll also be supporting the work of the volunteers by making a contribution towards their annual maintenance costs.
  • Walk with a small group of like-minded people

2024/25 Dates

  1. Sunday 23rd June 2024 | Glenapp to Ballantrae
  2. Sunday 21st July 2024 | Ballantrae to Lendalfoot
  3. Sunday 25th August 2024 | Lendalfoot to Girvan
  4. Sunday 15th September 2024 | Girvan to Maidens
  5. Sunday 13th October 2024 | Maidens to Dunure
  6. Sunday 24th November 2024 | Dunure to Ayr
  7. Sunday 15th December 2024 | Ayr to Troon
  8. Sunday 19th January 2025 | Troon to Irvine
  9. Sunday 16th February 2025 | Irvine to Ardrossan
  10. Sunday 16th March 2025 | Ardrossan to Portencross
  11. Sunday 13th April 2025 | Portencross to Largs
  12. Sunday 11th May 2025 | Largs to Skelmorlie
 

Ticket Options (coming soon)

Whole Route Ticket pay upfront – £280. This ticket is paid in full at the time of booking and automatically secures your place on all 12 walks in the discovery series. It also offers you a discount of £56 compared to the other ticket types (works out at 12 walks for the price of 10). This ticket includes a copy of the Official Ayrshire Coastal Path Guide Book (worth £12.95) and a personalised completion certificate (worth £10), assuming you complete all 12 walks. 15% of your ticket price is being donated to the Ayrshire Coastal Path at the end of the walk series.

Whole Route Ticket pay in instalments – £50 deposit then 2 monthly instalments of £143 per month paid in April 2024 and May 2024. Total cost £336 (equivalent to booking 12 individual section tickets). The advantages of this ticket are that it automatically secures your place on all 12 walks in the discovery series whilst spreading the ticket cost over several months. This ticket also includes a copy of the Official Ayrshire Coastal Path Guide Book (worth £12.95) and a personalised completion certificate (worth £10), assuming you complete all 12 walks. 15% of your ticket price is being donated to the Ayrshire Coastal Path at the end of the walk series.

Individual section tickets – £28 per section. These will be available until our maximum group size is reached.

FAQ

I’m booking for one person – how will I be able to travel between the start and end points?

Most people will be in the same situation – don’t worry! If you have access to a car then for most sections we advise leaving it at the end point and using public transport to get to the start (full details and options will be provided by us ahead of each walk and walk start times will be arranged around public transport timetables). For sections 5, 10 and 11 there aren’t any simple public transport options so we coordinate a car share programme for those and rely on attendees to take part to make that work.  We also have a private Facebook group for attendees which can be used to arrange lifts with each other if travelling from the same area.  Please note that transport costs are not included in the ticket price.

Can I bring my dog?

This walk series is unsuitable for dogs – this is both for the comfort of the group and because there is a possibility of livestock on many of the walks.

Can I bring my child/children?

Due to the distance covered and terrain involved we have rated this walk series as suited to age 16+

How do I book to walk the entire walk series?

There are two ticket types set up for this – “Whole Route – pay upfront” and “Whole Route – pay in instalments”. See ticket info above for full details on each. These are available up to the date of the first walk in the series or until they sell out, whichever comes first. Choose your preferred ticket type then proceed to enter your registration and payment details. You will automatically be booked in to all 12 walks.

How do I book individual sections?

Tickets can be purchased for individual sections, subject to maximum group numbers. You can choose as many sections as you wish and register/pay for them all in one transaction.

How fit do I need to be to come on these walks?
 
Distance, difficulty ratings & route info are described above: some sections are more challenging than others due to the terrain. We will be walking at a gentle pace with plenty of stops to chat about points of interest, so as long as you can manage the advertised distance we’d love to have you along. If in any doubt please contact us for more details.
 
How do I find out the walk start time and meeting place?
 
Precise meeting points and times will be communicated to those who have bookings approx 1 week prior to the date of each walk. Normally walks will start in the morning, between 10am and 11am and will last approx 5 hours. 
 
What kit do I need?
 
Comfortable walking boots with good grips and ankle support | drinking water | snacks and packed lunch | waterproof jacket and trousers | hat | gloves | sunscreen. Optional: walking poles 
 
Why are you donating some of the ticket sales to the Ayrshire Coastal Path?
 
The Ayrshire Coastal Path is managed and maintained by volunteers and they rely on donations and grant funding to keep the Path in good condition. This donation is our way of giving back after a fantastic experience walking the trail.
 
Do you sell Ayrshire Coastal Path Guide Books?
 
Everyone purchasing a Whole Route ticket will automatically receive a free copy of the Official Guide Book on their first walk. We will also have additional copies for sale at the start of each walk at the discounted price of £10. We are unable to accept card payments so please bring cash with you.
 
 

Schedule | Distance | Difficulty Rating (Remaining sections)