A NEW walking trail is set to link the Ayrshire coast with the West Highland Way.
The route, named the Firth o’ Clyde Rotary Trail, will join the Mull of Galloway in the south with Milngavie in the north.
And Ayrshire’s coastal path will play a central part in the panoramic journey.
The trail is the brainchild of Rotary Clubs in Stranraer, Ayr, Gourock, Erskine, Clydebank and Allander to develop a long-distance walking route.
The route will incorporate the Mull of Galloway Trail (Stranraer Rotary Club); the Ayrshire Coastal Path (Ayr Rotary Club); and the Clyde Coastal Path (Gourock, Erskine, Clydebank, and Allander Rotary Clubs).
The path will also form part of the Scottish chapter of the International Appalachian Trail (Europe) – a chain of established long distance routes stretching from the south of Ireland up through Scotland to Orkney and Shetland, and across to Norway.
It will also provide a designated route for walkers wishing to trek the entire length of Scotland from its southern most tip at Mull of Galloway to its northernmost at Dunnet Head.
And it will also link up with the Southern Upland Way at Stranraer, to allow a similar traverse from west to east coast.
The well established Ayrshire Coastal Path was created by the Rotary Club of Ayr to celebrate the centenary of Rotary International, and launched in 2008.
Last year, it was chosen by Scottish Natural Heritage and Visit Scotland to be branded and promoted as one of Scotland’s Great Trails; and also received an invitation from Canada, from the International Appalachian Trail, to be come a vital link in their newly launched IAT Europe.
From Glenapp to Skelmorlie, the ACP runs for 100 miles along the rugged clifftops and sandy shores of one of Britain’s finest panoramic coastlines, with iconic Ailsa Craig and Arran always in the frame.
It is primarily a route for walkers, who follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s three greatest heroes – Burns, Bruce and Wallace – over a land steeped in history, and teeming with wildlife.
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