Walk 3-3: Best of the Ayrshire Coast: Glenapp to Ballantrae

This walk offers the chance to explore Ayrshire's volcanic coast in the company of geological experts.


This route begins at the tiny Glenapp Kirk - reputedly one of the smallest in Scotland - and heads along an estate track gently uphill at first, before a steeper ascent round the southern end of Sandloch Hill.

The coastal views begin at this point with busy Loch Ryan below and Corsewall Lighthouse beyond on the northern tip of the Rhinns of Galloway.

On a clear day walkers will be rewarded with views to Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre on the horizon. The track then curves back inland through the cleavage of Sandloch and Blarbuie Hills to reach a wild moorland plateau dotted with prehistoric earthworks and standing stones. The path descends to the coast and follows the shoreline until eventually crossing the mouth of the river Stinchar at Ballantrae where refreshments may be taken before the return home.

Note: Estimated return time around 15 minutes later than stated in paper brochure.

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Register from 07:30
Depart at 08:00
Travel time 60 minutes
Start from NX 074 746
End at NX 084 830
Return travel time 60 minutes
Return by 16:15
Price (Adult) £10.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £10.00
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Walk 3-3: Best of the Ayrshire Coast: Glenapp to Ballantrae