Walking - Saturday Monthly

Group Leaders Barrie Southwood 01292 292910   Amy Kinnaird 01290 700606
Location Refer to leaders or information below
Timings Refer to leaders  or information below           
Season February to September

The walks normally begin each year in February and continue monthly until September.  Members share cars and make their own arrangements regarding a contribution to fuel costs.  The walks are around 4 to 5 miles and usually include a stop to enjoy something of historical or social interest.

The Programme for 2018 can be found here ... Saturday Walking Group 2018 Programme.pdf

OIR Saturday Walking Group – Douglas – July 28th

Take the A70 from Ayr to Cumnock and Muirkirk. In Douglas, take the second left at the mini-roundabout, then left into Braehead. Toilets should be available at the Community Centre.
The walk will be approximately four miles and will start promptly at 11am. There may be some muddy parts so boots are essential.
The walk will be followed by lunch in the Scrib Tree and an afternoon visit to the museum.

Walkers are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety at all times.

Barrie Southwood 01292 292910 or mobile 07766 755836 or bjsouthwood@btinternet.com

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  OIR Saturday Walking Group – Kilmacolm – March 31st 2018

Take the A78 to Kilwinning, then take the A737 to Dalry, Beith and Johnstone. Turn off the Johnstone by-pass onto the A761 signposted Bridge of Weir. Kilmacolm is about five miles after Bridge of Weir. In the centre of the village, turn left and left again into the car park. Toilets are available in the Commuinity Centre.
The route of the walk will either be to Quarriers Village and return or to Bridge of Weir, returning by bus so remember your Bus Pass. Boots are recommended.
The walk will be followed by lunch in the Community Café.
Walkers are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety at all times.

Barrie Southwood 01292 292910 or mobile 07766 755836 or bjsouthwood@btinternet.com

Auchinleck Estate walk - Saturday, 23rd September 2017. (Posted 24.09.17)

For the last OiR Saturday Walking Group outing of 2017, twenty-eight of us arrived at the Boswell Coach-house car-park on a dull, but warm, September Saturday to enjoy a walk in the Auchinleck Estate pathways.  Four ladies  chose to do a shorter walk and the rest of the group enjoyed walking 5 miles in the very pleasant surroundings of the historic Boswell policies.   Some of the trees were beginning to display their autumn colours, but many were still bearing green leaves. The grassy areas are still sodden as a result of our very wet summer and some of the farmers' fields look quite distressed. Following the walk we were ready to enjoy a lunch which Barrrie had negotiated with Ali Boswell, the owner of the Coach-house , which was held in the new function area [part of the adjacent building to the coach-house].  There we enjoyed, lentil soup, warm mini-sausage rolls, a variety of tasty sandwiches, tea/coffee with a varied selection of cakes and tray-bakes.  The cost of the lunch was £10.00 - good value for a good meal.   Douglas Sanderson gave a vote of thanks to Barrie for all the work involved in organising this year's Saturday walks and we all agreed that we were very grateful to Barrie for all the arrangements including the lunch we had just enjoyed. 

Amy Kinnaird [who also submitted a few photos].

Posted 6th September 2017

Saturday, 26th August saw the OiR Saturday walkers travel up the Mennock Pass to WANLOCKHEAD - the highest village in Scotland. Seventeen walkers and three non-walkers enjoyed the visit and the walk among the heather-clad hills of the Southern Uplands.  The weather was dull with some drizzle, but all went well as we walked along the Mennock Valley, whose remoteness seems many miles away from our modern  need for bustle and speed. After the walk we enjoyed lunch in the little cafe of the Visitor Centre there. 

Thanks to Barrie for all his arrangements.    

Report and photos courtesy of Amy Kinnaird.

WATER of LEITH - 29th July 2017 (posted 31.07.17)

Eighteen OiR members travelled to Edinburgh by various means of transport - train, bus and car - to walk on the Water of Leith pathway from the harbour at Leith to the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.  The weather stayed dry with some sun, although rain showers did occur towards the end of the walk and we experienced heavy thundery weather on the return journey to the West of Scotland.  Again we enjoyed a great day out in good company as we walked through some of Scotland's history.  Lunch was taken alfresco in one of the Botanic Garden's cafes, followed by a wander through the magnificent gardens. Many thanks to Barrie for his arrangements and forward planning.

Thanks to Amy for her review and attached photos.

THREAVE CASTLE AND GARDENS - 24th June 2017 (Posted 25.06.17)

Entry to Threave Gardens is by National Trust card and to Threave Castle is by Historic Scotland card, but for fuller information, please check here

The walk went well despite a very cold blustery wind, although it kept dry.  There were 22 of us there and the Castle Douglas area is so beautiful I am sure we all appreciated our surroundings in God's own country.  

 From the car park at Threave Gardens we walked, mainly on woodland paths and fields, to the banks of the River Dee Estuary, from where a small rowing boat takes you across to island on which stands the ruins of Archibald the Grim, (of the famous family of the Douglases) imposing stone castle - Threave Castle.  When you reach the little ferry there is a bell to ring to summon the boatman, whose Historic Scotland shed is also across the river on the island.   Peregrines are nesting high up on the tower at the moment. Ospreys can also be spotted from a bird-hide on the river. 

The walk was approximately 5 miles in total and, on our return to Threave Gardens, we enjoyed lunch in the good food cafe there.  After lunch most of us chose to wander in Threave Gardens for some time - a most peaceful tranquil place.  All in all, a very satisfying day was had by all.  Many thanks to Barrie for all his arrangements.  Vive OiR Ayr.

Thank you to Amy Kinnaird for her account of the days event and her photographs.

ROUKEN GLEN  - 27th May 2017

Our group walk in Rouken Glen Park went well and although the weather forecast had listed heavy showers with thunder and lightning, we were able to enjoy a walk in dull, but warm, conditions.  

Nineteen members could enjoy the park on this occasion, which was in contrast to last April's walk when the heavy rain had closed some of the paths due to flooding. Families with young childern on bicycles, scooters and in buggies were out enjoying the weather, in addition to dogs with their walkers.  After lunch in the Garden Centre in the park, we went on to visit Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, where a young Guide gave us an hour's tour of some of the historical treasures belonging to the City of Glasgow, which are kept in storage there.  Many thanks to Barrie for arranging a good day out.  

Report and photos courtesy of Amy Kinnaird

DRUMLANRIG CASTLE - 27th April 2017

The Drumlanrig Castle area was very cold, windy and showery.  The scenery was gorgeous and walking there, in such  special surroundings, is enjoyable despite the weather.  There were 18 walkers and 3 non-walkers.  Barrie had arranged a charge for the group walking in the estate at £4 each and, following the walk, we had lunch in the castle tearoom.  This was a bit crowded as, apart from being the Bank Holiday weekend, there was a cycle event and it happened also to be Ochiltree WI's annual outing, when 49 ladies had also descended on Drumlanrig on a day out.   Several of our group decided to follow the walk with a guided tour of the castle and this was a charge of another £4.  Drumlanrig Castle, one of the seat's of the Duke of Buccleuch, is chock-a-block with history in addition to a collection of Old Masters, one of which was the object of a daring theft some years ago.  It turned up eventually resulting in a complicated court case. The trees on the estate are remarkable - the result of intensive planting in the 18th and 19th centuries.   Some of the yews lining one of the paths are the oldest trees in the gardens and can live well over 3000 years.  All in all we enjoyed our Saturday out in good convivial company.  Many thanks to Barrie for organising the walk.   

Thanks to Amy Kinnaird for her account of the walk together with photographs.

LARGS - 25th March 2017

Twenty OiR walkers enjoyed a 5-mile walk in glorious sunny Spring  weather in Largs - a contrast to February's walk in heavy rain and wind. It seemed that the public, in general, had headed to the Ayrshire coast to take advantage of, what seemed like, a Mediterranean day with a deep blue sky and a mirror-like sea. 

After the walk, we gathered in Wetherspoons for sustenance and a drink.  Fish and chips were very popular and as the restaurant was so busy we had to wait for half an hour after ordering for the food to be served.  A good blether accompanied the meal and we all thank Barrie for organising the day-out.  Thanks to Amy Kinnaird for this report and photos.

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