The Clyde Coastal Path (CCP) runs from the Kelly Burn (between Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie) round the coast or over the muir to Greenock, then across the Erskine Bridge to Milngavie.
The CCP can be considered to be in three sections, viz:
The first section, Kelly Burn to Greenock, can be achieved either by the coastal route of 20.6 km or by the muir at 17.8 km.
Most walkers will choose one of the routes from section 1 and continue on section 2, from Greenock to the the Erskine Bridge, a further 23.7 km.
Finally, the third section from the Erskine Bridge to Milngavie (14 km) includes some fine muirland walking.
In total, Kelly Burn to Milngavie is 58.3 km, if the “round the coast” route was selected in Section 1 or 55.5 km if the route chosen was over the muir.
The two routes in Section 1 can be used together as a circular walk of 38.4 km. The Clyde Coastal Path therefore consists of over 76 km of path.
The walk is a delightful mixture of town and farmland walks combined with high muirland. The walker should always be aware of his or her equipment, experience and the current and forecast weather. If in doubt, do not tackle a section. It will be there another day. Make sure you are!
Description of the Clyde Coastal Path
To the south, the path meets with the Ayrshire Coastal Path whilst at Milngavie, the walker can continue along the West Highland Way, then the Great Glen Way and Cape Wrath Trail.
Together with the Mull of Galloway Trail and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, The Clyde Coastal Path (CCP) makes up the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail (FoCRT) which spans the distance from the Mull of Galloway to Milngavie with paths created and maintained by Rotary Clubs throughout its entire length.
The CCP is therefore part of a network of long distance routes that links the south coast of Scotland to her north coast. This is the International Appalachian Trail Scotland (IATS).
The CCP to the south of the Erskine Bridge is looked after by the Rotary Club of Gourock whilst that section to the north of the bridge is looked after by the Rotary Club of Allander.