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River Ayr Way

River Ayr Way

Postby Johnoneill1916 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:01 am

Date walked: 09/08/2014

Time taken: 48 hours

Distance: 71 km

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Started Early at Glenbuck loch with my friend Craig on a nice dry Saturday morning. Walked a couple of hundred yards to pose for a wee photo at the Bill Shankly memorial :)

Bill Shankly Memorial

From here it was a nice gentle stroll along a former railway embankment in past Kames and the Cairn Table path on to Tibbie's Brig for a wee coffee break after about 6 miles :D

Tibbie's Brig

From here it was a nice easy stroll all the way down to the old Powharnal Opencast site and the crossing with the A70 onto Airds Moss :)

What was previously Powharnal Opencast

The next bit through Airds moss, Alders Glen and the woods into Sorn was the hardest part of the day but still pretty straightforward. Onto the Sorn Inn for a wee bite and a well deserved cider before heading off to Catrine via Daldorch 8)

Sorn Auld Brig

Day one ended at the Ice Cream Parlour at Catrine and restarted there with an 8 .15 drop off on a wet Sunday morning. Leaving from here it was onward under the Ballochmyle Viaduct, the highest extant railway bridge viaduct in Britain at 169 feet :)

Ballochmyle Viaduct

Soaked to the skin by now we wandered on through the rain to Failford Gorge and a wee quick coffee stop. Made it to the Stair inn about 11.30 despite a wee diversion due to erosion along the way. Found out it opens at 12 :crazy: but the landlady kindly let us in early to wait for a quick pint and a few calories 8)

In the Stair Inn
08.10.14 009 Stair Inn.JPG

08.10.14 010 Craig Smith.JPG

08.10.14 011 John O'Neill.JPG

Next was an easy way stroll in through Annbank, Think the woman in the shop thought we were daft though going in for ice lollies in the lashing rain :lol: After Annbank was probably the roughest section of the day with the path badly eroded at parts and a coupe of wee rock slides covering parts :roll:

08.10.14 016 A wee rock slide.JPG

The end was almost in sight with the Termination Pylons at Ayr Grid Substation coming it to view after we got through the woods between Annbank and Auchencruive :)

River Ayr at Oswald's Brig
08.10.14 023 River Ayr at Oswalds Brig.JPG

The next mile of 2 was along a tarmac road down to the A77 then onto the final stage down through Craigie Park, onto the Auld Brig, through the bottom of the High St and along to the finish at the Harbour 8)

The elusive Skyhook :wink:
08.10.14 030 A Skyhook.JPG

Now you're talking :lol:
08.10.14 034 A wee Glenfiddich to celebrate.JPG

A wee uisge beatha 8)
08.10.14 035 Craig Smith and John O'Neill.JPG
Last edited by Johnoneill1916 on Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: River Ayr Way

Postby PerthAlly » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:14 am


A super outing for you both.

I grew up in Ayrshire ( not far from Stair Inn )

Nice to see places from my childhood
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