Day Walking Coastal Trails Scotland
Walking Scottish coastal trails can be as easy or difficult as you wish. You can dabble in a beautiful light walk along Big Sand Beach in the village of Gairloch, which you may recognise from the BBC One TV series When Love Comes To Town or the 1955 film Crofter Boy.
Big Sand Beach can be completed in one day. You will be sheltered from the onshore winds by the magnificent sand dunes. Why not spread out a picnic blanket and relax as you overlook the long stretch of golden sand. Stay on the track for long enough and you watch the sunset over the Hebrides. A sight you will never forget.
Refreshments and toilets are available along this walk so you will have plenty of opportunities to fill your bellies with local delicacies or just a steaming hot pastry you earn along the way.
If feeling like a hero doesn’t give you the honour you deserve, you can march towards victory on a multiple days walking trial. There are plenty of sights to see as Scotland boasts 7,330 miles (11,800 km) of coastline but don’t worry, you’re not expected to walk all of it!
Try multiple days walking coastal trail along the Ayrshire Coastal Path. You start at Glenapp in Ballantrae and end at Skelmorlie. That is a massive 92 miles (148 km)
Along this walk, you will mostly stick to the coastal path, although you will walk more urban tracks in the second half.
The Ayrshire Coastal Path starts with a walk through the green hills where you will find yourself spotting all sorts of wildlife and taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding area. Back on the sandy beach and you will feel the gentle breeze on your face, a perfect location for a romantic walk. You will feel the sense of history that this fantastic location offers.
You will walk to the historic port of County town of Ayr which is currently the most populated settlement of Ayrshire with an estimated 46,000 residents. The famous poet Robert Burns was born in the southern part of the town.
From here you will follow the sandy bays and head towards Prestwick airport. A great chance to take in the sights of aeroplanes in flight. From there you will walk towards Troon ferry terminal.
The next stage is a casual walk from Troon to Irvine. You will find yourself enjoying the sights of the sandy Irvine Bay and Irvine Harbour. You will pass three towns so stock up on new socks and refreshments on your way through or stop off for a lovely hot meal, you have plenty to choose from at Stevenson, Saltcoats and Ardrossan. Watch out for those cyclists as part of this spectacular route is the national cycle network.
You will leave the towns behind and find yourself back on the beach, taking in the sights of farmland and the crashing waves from the ocean.
From here you will walk towards Largs Marina where you will find some nice paths to walk, it will be difficult not to notice Hunterston Power station but carry on and your efforts will be rewarded with the glorious sight of the impressive marina south of Largs. Don’t forget to give the local yachtsman a wave on your way through.
Now you’re approaching the end of this epic walk, you’ve seen wildlife, aeroplanes, ships and everything the local towns can offer you, what more do you want? Well, that’s up to you because you have a choice to make on this final stretch.
Do you take the high road where you can visit a historic hillfort and take in the sights of the land and sea below or do you take the easier low path and along the pleasant roads?
Whichever choice you made, you should feel proud that you completed the massive 92-mile walk along some of Scotland’s greatest coastlines and impressive towns.