Walking Group 1 – Alt Tuesdays


Group Leader                  Barrie Southwood  07766 755836
Meeting Point                 Millbrae Car Park
Tuesdays                      Alternately @ 09.30 am
Season                        Continuous

Would everyone please note that any car sharing arrangements are an individual choice between drivers and passengers.

The walk on August 2nd will be from Catrine to Sorn and will be led by Andrew Mathieson. Meet at Mill Brae, Ayr (across from the College) at 9:30am or The Square in Catrine at 10:15am.


Barrie Southwood – Tel 07766 755836


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Tuesday 2nd August 2022
21 group members travelled by car to Catrine. From the square, we walked past the voes, and via the River Ayr Way to Sorn. Having walked the length of the village, we took the Woodland Path back to the churchyard where we had our lunch break. We then returned to Catrine via the River Ayr Way. A most enjoyable walk was had by all who attended. Thanks go to Andrew for leading the walk on this occasion.


Tuesday 19th July 2022
11 members of the group travelled by rail. as planned, to Dalry (Ayrshire). As there were warnings of vey high temperatures, the route originally planned was shortened to allow us to do most of our walk in the shade. Originally we were to walk in the Blair Estate followed by the Lynn Glen walk. Only the Lynn Glen portion was walked. Haven taken advantage of the shade, we had a most enjoyable, if shortened and slower, walk.


Tuesday 5th July 2022
16 group members travelled by train to, and from, Lochwinnoch. While there, we walked the Parkhill and Johnshill sections of the Semple Trail, at times on loch side, and then on woodland, paths. On the higher sections of the paths we had magnificent views over the lochs. The day out was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Tuesday 21st June 2022
16 members made their way by minibus and car to the Heritage Site at the former Glenbuck Village.
The weather was ideal for walking in this area. Unfortunately, for most of the walk, we had a very low cloud base which prevented us from enjoying some of the wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. None the less, it was a most enjoyable walk, even if there were more inclines than usual.

Pictures below shows a close-up photo of The Bill Shankley Memorial and while heading back down, a great long shot of our industrial heritage


Tuesday 7th June 2022
The walk was at Dumfries House with 22 members enjoying a great day out, and the weather making the countryside look at its best. Our route took us from the estate to Auchinleck and back by a different route. Some times we were in parkland, sometimes by the riverside, and other times in woodland

Tuesday 24th May 2022
Seventeen walkers, led by Graham, travelled to Glasgow and walked along the riverside to the Transport Museum where they had their lunch break. They then walked on to the Botanic Gardens via Kelvingrove Park. The walk was just under 7 miles and the weather was variable with sunshine and showers but everyone enjoyed the day.

Tuesday 10th May 2022
The walk on Tuesday 10th May was at Muirkirk, when 14 members came along. Having travelled by car from Ayr, we parked at the layby just as we entered Muirkirk. We walked almost the full length of the village and then headed south by way of roads, tracks and paths towards Kames. Our journey continued towards the Macadam Cairn and then to Tibbie’s Brig where we had our lunch stop. After lunch we completed our round trip back to the car park. We all agreed that we had had a good walk and thanked Andrew Mathieson for having arranged it.

Tuesday 26th April 2022
The walk saw 18 members travelling by train to Howwood. From there we walked towards Lochwinnoch, sometimes on the Walking/Cycle Path, and at other times on woodland paths, and finally on the loch side path to Lochwinnoch Station, and the train back home. En route we stopped at the Collegiate Church, and the the Cascades where we had our lunch break. We are grateful to Gordon and Sheena for organising a most enjoyable walk.

Tuesday 12th April 2022
Gordon and Sheena led the walk through Sundrum Estate. Much of the walk was through scenic woodland and by the side of the River Coyle. 27 walkers had a most enjoyable walk. We stopped for lunch near the waterfall.

Tuesday 29th March 2022
The group of 23 enjoyed the walk to Greenan and Belleisle which was blessed with glorious weather

Tuesday 15th March 2022
Group members met up at the car park in Maidens. We walked a circular route, mainly within the Culzean Estate, a walk that was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.

Walk on 15th February 2022.
Once again, because of weather conditions, the planned route for the walk was changed. Instead of walking from our meeting point in Galston towards Hurlford, we walked towards Newmilns. We started via Burn Ann, and then continued by road on the south side of the river to Newmilns. After a lunch stop there we returned to Galston by means of the path along the riverside. The woodland paths were very muddy but the rain stayed of for almost all of the walk.

Tuesday 1st February 2022
The first walk of the new year – 2022 – was held on 18th January when 22 members walked along Prestwick promenade and beach from the car park at the sailing club to the mouth of the Pow Burn, then by the side of the Pow Burn towards the railway line near the site of the former Monkton Station. We then followed the perimeter of Prestwick Old Course towards the railway bridge at the foot of Seagate. Having passed under the bridge we walked via Mansewell Lane and Links Road back to the promenade, and returned to the car park. Unfortunately no photos were taken on this walk.

The second walk (photos above) of 2022 was held on 1st February. 22 members travelled by car to Dean Castle Estate in Kilmarnock. The walk took us through Dean castle Estate and into Craufurdland Castle Estate. We enjoyed our lunch break at the Laird’s Table at Craufurdland with some of us sampling and enjoying the cuisine from the restaurant take-away servery. We returned via a different route to the Dean Castle car park having had a most enjoyable walk.


Blairgowrie Weekend – 20th to 23rd September 2019
Thirty seven excited members of the group set off on Friday September 20th for Blairgowrie. On arrival we did a short walk along the River Ericht. On the Saturday, we travelled to Dunkeld and did a walk to The Hermitage. The non walkers went to Pitlochry. Everyone had some free time in Dunkeld afterwards. On the Sunday, we travelled to Dundee. The walkers were dropped off on the outskirts of the City in Clatto Country Park and we all met up in the V & A Museum later in the day. On the Monday, we stopped off in Dunblane for a short walk and lunch. The weather was sunny and dry the whole weekend and we had a very helpful driver from Moffat & Williamson.
Barrie Southwood

The Group in Llanberis, N Wales in 2016
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