Walking Group 1

Group Leader Chris Lowe
01292 263135
Meeting Point Millbrae Car Park
Tuesdays Alternately @ 09.30 am
Season Continuous

The group meets on alternate Tuesdays at 9:15am at Mill Brae Car Park, Ayr.

The current group leader, Chris Lowe, is stepping down from his role in October of this year after the Pitlochry weekend. Chris has done an excellent job over the past eight years and all the group thank him for his efforts.

The group will continue as normal until the end of this year with two walks in November and the Christmas Lunch at the Horizon Hotel on December 11th. However, new committee members will be required to help organise and lead future walks. Please contact myself if you are willing to help, even if it’s just for one walk!

Barrie Southwood
Tuesday Walking Group - 01292 292910 or 07766 755 836 or bjsouthwood@btinternet.com

As well as the designated leader, several members of the group take turns to lead the walks. There is also a group committee who do sterling work in organising the various social activities which the group enjoys.

The walking group walks all year round, with the exception of Christmas and New Year, and do so on alternate Tuesdays.

The group meets at Millbrae car park, Ayr, where the available cars are filled and then depart for the designated start point of the walk. Those getting a lift give a fuel cost donation to the driver who will determine what is suitable.

The walks are on roads, cycle paths, open countryside and farmland and the distance covered is between five and seven miles. Information slips about forthcoming walks can be obtained from the walking group table at the OiR Tuesday meetings in Ayr Town Hall.

There is also a good social side to the group, as there is an annual walking weekend in October and the group has occasional trips to other parts of Scotland.

Each year the group has a trip on the Waverley paddle steamer and at Christmas there is an organised Christmas lunch and a Burns’ lunch in January.

This hobby is one way to keep minds alert and bodies fit. The age range of the walkers is mid-fifties to mid-eighties.

See our recent video on this page.



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Posted 05.10.17


  • Meet in the car park at Mill Brae, Ayr.
  • Depart 09.30 hours.
  • Travel via Prestwick Road and Ayr Road (A79) to Prestwick Cross.
  • Turn left into Station Road and Links Road and park at the public car park at the sea front.
  • The walk is approximately 6 miles on good paths and beach (no hills).

Boots essential.  Bring food for two breaks.

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

Posted 25.09.17

DUNOON - BISHOP'S GLEN RESERVOIR  3rd October 2017 Leader:  Barrie Southwood

  • Meet and fill cars at Mill Brae car park in Ayr.
  • Depart at 0800 hours (please note the earlier departure time).
  • Take the A77 to Monkton roundabout, then the A78 to Bankfoot roundabout at Inverkip:  turn left here to take the A770 to Gourock.
  • On arrival at Gourock, park in the car park at Argyll Ferry Terminal - PA19 1QP 
  • We intend to board the 10.30 am ferry - Gourock to Dunoon - arriving Dunoon 10.45 am.  The return fare if £9.
  • The walk is approximately 5 miles and is on good roads and forest tracks, but could be muddy in places.

Boots are advisable.  Bring food for and drink for one break.

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

Posted 09.09.17

ALEXANDER GREEK THOMSON 19th September 2017 Leader: Gordon Roberts

For this walk we are travelling to Glasgow to view some of Alexander Thomson's buildings.  You may choose to travel to Glasgow by bus or train.  We will meet under the clock at Glasgow Central Station concourse.  If you travel by bus, leave the bus at Bothwell Street and walk to the station, approximately 200 yards.

Travelling by bus take the X77 from Ayr at 9.40 am, arriving Bothwell Street at 10.34 am.

Travelling by train take the 9.36 am from Ayr, arriving Glasgow Central at 10.36 am.

The walk is approximately 5.5 miles and is on good paths and pavements.  Bring the usual food and drink.  Good walking shoes are advisable. 

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

Posted 24.08.17


  • Meet and fill the cars in Mill Brae car park in Ayr and depart at 9.30 am.
  • Take the A77 South and then the A713 to Dalmellington.
  • On entering the town, park on your left at the sports fields and Community Halls.
  • The walk is approximately 5.5 miles.  There is one short, steep hill and some rough grounds, but mostly on good paths and roads.

Boots essential.  Bring food for two breaks.

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

Posted 23.08.17


On Tuesday 22nd August the OiR Tuesday Walking Group carried out their annual trip on PS Waverley, however, not quite as planned. The intention had been to travel on board PS Waverley from Ayr to Brodick and carry out a walk on Arran but PS Waverley did not call into Ayr and, instead, sailed from Largs to Brodick then back to Largs where those OiR members who had travelled by bus from Ayr, embarked. Most of the group disembarked at Dunoon in order to carry out a walk or browse around the town whilst others waited until Blairmore to get off and do a short walk. Some others remained on board for the round trip up Loch Long and Loch Goyle then back to Blairmore, Dunoon and Largs. The OiR group finally disembarked at Largs where coaches waited to bus them back to Ayr whilst PS Waverley continued on to Brodick then onwards to its overnight moorings. 

One unfortunate outcome of the changes to the scheduled sailing was that the OiR's friends from West Lothian decided not to join the Waverley trip and instead held their own outing nearer to home.

Many thanks to Barrie, Margaret, Chris and Veronica for organising the day out.   

Thanks to Audrey Mack for her article on the outing and also for submitting photos.

Posted 20.07.17

Frances Corbett sent in this photo of a very relaxed looking 'research' group exploring the Lake District for the Tuesday Walking Group's forthcoming weekend there in October.  As you can see from the smiling faces,  the trip was deemed to be a great success.


We hope our members will enjoy the walks and entertainment provided and, if you're not a member of this group, please remember that it's never too late to join.  Contact Barrie Southwood - 01292 292910 or 07766 755 836

Mount Stuart House, Bute  - 25th July 2017photos courtesy of Audrey Mack - compilation of photos.


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