The Clyde Coastal Path (CCP) runs from the Kelly Burn (between Wemyss Bay and Skelmorlie) over the High Muirland Route or round the Low Coastal Route to Greenock, then across the Erskine Bridge to Milngavie. Spurs from Partick and Paisley were added in 2017.
The CCP can be considered to be in three sections, viz:
The first section, Kelly Burn to Greenock, can be achieved the High Muirland Route at 19.5 km or by the Low Coastal route which is 5.5 km longer.
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 25.7 km at on to Milngavie, section 3, (14.4 km) which includes some fine muirland walking.
In total, Kelly Burn to Milngavie is 59.7 km, by the High Muirland Route.
The two routes in Section 1 can be used together as a circular walk of 44.6 km. The Partick Spur is 18.8 km and the Paisley Spur is 5.2 km. The Clyde Coastal Path therefore consists of 108.7 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. The Partick Spur links with the Clyde Walkway whilst the Paisley Spur links with the Pilgrims’ Way.
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. The new Spurs are overseen by the Rotary Clubs of Erskine, Govan, Paisley Callants and Renfrew.