THE Ayrshire Coastal Path will celebrate its tenth anniversary this month with a glass of Prosecco and a finger buffet. 

Launched in 2008 by Ayr Rotary Club, a group of 50 volunteer ‘pathminders’, half of whom are non-Rotarians have been working hard to create and maintain the trail.

Throughout 2016 and 2017 the group continued to reconstruct the path at Smuggler’s Brae which follows the route south of Dunure, along the beach and towards Ayr.

The Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) runs from Glenapp, in South Carrick to Skelmorlie, in North Ayrshire, with the aim to make the route, one of Scotland’s ‘great trails’.

Pathminders have used wood chips to create the path surface to make it more comfortable for non experienced walkers to venture out on. 

This winter volunteers completed their task of forming more than 120 steps up through the steep and tortuous Fisherton Gully.

At Glenapp, the southern end of the ACP connects to the Mull of Galloway Trail and at the northern end in Skelmorlie it connects to the Clyde Coastal Path with the whole route called the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail. 

This links into the International Appalachian Trail Scotland from the Mull of Galloway to Cape Wrath.

The Rotary Club of Ayr and Management Board of the Ayrshire Coastal Path are delighted to invite all the volunteer Pathminders and partners, to join them, for a glass of Prosecco, Finger Buffet, Coffee, and pleasant Social Evening at the Bracken Bar, Heads of Ayr, to celebrate Ten Years of the Path on Saturday, June 23 from 6.30pm to 9pm.