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This guidebook describes the long distance walking route between Glenapp and Skelmorlie along the 150 mile Ayrshire coastline in 11 day stages, breaking at Ardrossan when the route circumnavigates the Isle of Arran. Suitable for most reasonably fit walkers, the route visits beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves, open moorland and rocky trails.
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The fantastic Ayrshire Coastal Path strikes its course for 94 miles from Glenapp in the south to Skelmorlie in the north. Add this to the Arran Coastal Way, which circumnavigates its way round that magical island for 60 miles, and what you have is truly magnificent long distance coastal walk.
The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal paths travel over some beaches (and beautiful beaches at that) but this route also journeys across a magnificent and diverse landscape that is home to some remarkable scenery. While a substantial portion of the route takes you away from the well-beaten track, it enables walkers to observe the rugged beauty of the coastline and enjoy its peace and quiet.
The route can be walked in 11 days by an average walker but, despite being well waymarked, a substantial portion crosses some surprisingly remote ground, open moorland and rocky terrain, so reasonable map and navigational skills are a prerequisite. The route is well served by an excellent public transport infrastructure so it can be broken down into lovely one or two-day sections.
The Aryshire Coastal Path and Arran Coastal Way has primarily been written as a continuous route, although each section can be walked as a day route using the areas excellent public transport. Each day has been written to finish where accommodation, meals and provisions are easily attainable.
The routes can be walked at any time of the year, but the months between April and October offer the best conditions to enjoy them. The spring, summer and autumn months also provide the best opportunities to view the wonderful plants and animals en route and allow the walks to proceed in, hopefully, reasonable weather.
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|A short history of Ayrshire|
|A short history of Arran|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|Keeping in touch|
|What to take|
|Waymarks and access|
|Using this guide|
|Day 1 Glenapp to Ballantrae|
|Day 2 Ballantrae to Girvan|
|Day 3 Girvan to Dunure|
|Day 4 Dunure to Troon|
|Day 5 Troon to Ardrossan|
|Day 6 Brodick to Lochranza|
|Day 7 Lochranza to Blackwaterfoot|
|Day 8 Blackwaterfoot to Kildonan|
|Day 9 Kildonan to Brodick|
|Day 10 Ardrossan to Largs|
|Day 11 Largs to Skelmorlie|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Accommodation|
|Appendix C Public transport options|
|Appendix D Useful information|