The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths
By Keith Fergus
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.
SeasonsSpring and summer are the best time to walk the route for longer daylight hours and best opportunities to spot flowers and wildlife.
CentresGirvan, Ayr, Irvine, Troon, Ardrossan, Brodick, Whiting Bay, Lamlash, Largs, Skelmorlie
Difficultyno technical rock climbing ability required but some sections require a little scrambling over boulders on beaches; a good level of fitness needed to tackle the route in one go and some navigational skills in poorer weather as some of the route is quite remote.
Must Seegreat cliffs, beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves; extraordinary buildings such as Culzean Castle, Turnberry Lighthouse, Lochranza Castle and the Kennedy Mausoleum; historically important geological sites and several places indelibly linked to Robert Burns and Robert the Bruce.
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Keith Fergus is a passionate walker, writer and photographer. His writing on the outdoors, Scottish history and the Scottish language – combined with his striking imagery – has been published in a variety of national magazines, newspapers, calendars and brochures. He also has two photographic books to his name.
Keith has walked all over Scotland, with the mountains and coast particular favourites. Growing up in Glasgow the Ayrshire coast was the most natural (and nearest) place to visit and the best place to enjoy his passions of walking and photography; it still ranks high among his favourite destinations. Over 30 years of visiting and exploring means he has an intimate knowledge of the region, its incredible history, diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
Keith lives with his wife and two children on the outskirts of Glasgow. Passionate about the outdoors and the crucial role it plays – particularly in modern life – he is never happier than when wandering along a mountain ridge or across a secluded beach. He also runs his own photographic business which, under the banner of Scottish Horizons www.scottishhorizons.co.uk, produces a range of postcards, greetings cards and calendars. Keith is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.View author profile
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