Glenapp to Ballantrae

This walk is part of the trek Ayrshire Coastal Path.

Entirely inland, this route is very peaceful and offers easy walking. Initially across hilly moorland the path then winds its way down to the village of Ballantrae following farm tracks and quiet country roads. The views on a clear day are simply stunning.

Technical sheet
No. 22259736
A South Ayrshire walk posted on 24/05/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 25/05/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h45[?]
Distance Distance : 9.37mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 512ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 679ft
Highest point Highest point : 630ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 13ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : South Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.028792° / W 5.014834°
Ending point Ending point : N 55.099388° / W 5.007538°
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View down to Ballantrae


(D) The walk begins across the A77 from Glenapp Kirk. From the Ayrshire Coastal Path information board, follow a gravel track gently uphill in a South West direction.

(1) After 800m keep right (West) at a fork to move onto a steeper track which leads up onto open moorland with fantastic views across the coast.

(2) After 3km ignore a track off to the left.

For the next 1km ignore a road on your left, a track on your right and then a track on your left - stay on the minor road heading North East.

(3) You will arrive at a junction with some Ayrshire Coastal Path finger posts offering a choice of onward routes. Turn right (North East) to follow the "scenic route" as indicated by the marker post.

Continue in a North East direction along quiet country roads, passing several farms as you go.

(4) At a road junction 3.5km along, turn left (West) onto a quiet surfaced road heading downhill.

(5) You will reach another road junction after 2km at Currarie Cottage - turn right (North East).

(6) Continue on this road for 3.5km, passing several farms and the entrance to Glenapp Castle Hotel.

(7) When you emerge onto A77 just outside Ballantrae, turn left (North West).

Follow the roadside pavement next to A77 across the River Stinchar and onto Main Street, Ballantrae.

(8) After 500m, at the church, turn left (West) onto The Vennel.

(A) A short way along The Vennel there is a car park on the right where this section ends.

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 200ft - Glenapp Kirk, just off A77
1 : mi 0.51 - alt. 200ft - Fork - keep right
2 : mi 2.28 - alt. 522ft - Ignore track on left
3 : mi 3.48 - alt. 436ft - Finger post - follow "scenic route"
4 : mi 5.62 - alt. 492ft - Junction - turn left
5 : mi 6.81 - alt. 417ft - Junction at Currarie Cottage - turn right
6 : mi 8.34 - alt. 108ft - Entrance to Glenapp Castle Hotel
7 : mi 8.91 - alt. 13ft - A77
8 : mi 9.25 - alt. 33ft - Church - left turn onto The Vennel
A : mi 9.37 - alt. 13ft - The Vennel, Ballantrae

Useful Information

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  • Small parking area across the road from Glenapp Kirk and car park on The Vennel, Ballantrae
  • Bus services to Glenapp Kirk and Ballantrae

There are no amenities at the start of the walk or until reaching Ballantrae. Once in Ballantrae you will find public toilets (next to car park) as well as food/accommodation.

Mostly surfaced roads and gravel tracks. Moorland section close to the start can sometimes be boggy. Fairly exposed in places.

You can purchase the official Ayrshire Coastal Path guidebook from their website.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Look out for pheasants, rabbits, butterflies, lizards and plenty of livestock
  • Farms
  • Extensive coastal views
  • Ailsa Craig
  • Ballatrae Old Bridge
  • River Stinchar

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