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 May 24th will be to Glasgow and will be led by Graham Gardner. Get the 10:07am train from Ayr or meet us under the clock in Glasgow Central Station at 11:15am. The walk will be along the Clyde walkway to the Riverside Museum, then up the River Kelvin Walkway to the Botanic Gardens. Return is by bus to the centre of Glasgow.

Barrie Southwood – Tel 07766 755836


Click HERE to view the BBC article “My Doctor prescribed rambling for lockdown anxiety”

Click HERE to view The Blue Bonnet Trail from Tamfest 2020 narrated by Jane McCarry

Click HERE to watch a YouTube video by Ronald Rae with five of his biblical sculptures that he carved over 30 years ago.


Tuesday 10th May
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.

Tuesday 8th December 2021
The walk on 7th December had been scheduled as a circular walk from the Burns Centre, via the old railway line to Greenan, and back to Alloway via Bellisle Park and Cambusdoon. In spite of the poor weather forecast and impending storm Barra, 15 brave souls arrived at the starting point. It was agreed that instead of abandoning the walk totally, we would do the first part as far as High Greenan House, and then return by the same route. This proved to be a wise decision as the weather was beginning to worsen as we arrived back at the Burns Centre. Those present all stated how much they had enjoyed the walk.

Tuesday 24th November 2021
The walking group travelled by train to and from Girvan.
The walk took us from the Railway station to the north end of Girvan, via the harbour area north and south of the river, to the south end of Girvan and back to the Railway Station. An enjoyable day was had by all who attended.

Tuesday 9th November 2021
The group travelled by train to and from Irvine with the walk taking in riverside, urban, and beach sections.

Tuesday 26th October 2021
The Tuesday Walking Group had an enjoyable walk from Maidens, into Culzean Country Park where we walked a circular route, partly on the old railway line, and partly by the deer park and then the Swan Pond, and finally back to Maidens.

Tuesday 12th October 2021
The walk saw a group of us travelling by train to Kilwinning. Our walk took us from the railway station to Eglinton Park, round several of the path in the park, and back by a different route to the railway station. We had two breaks while in the park, a short coffee break and a longer lunch break. A most enjoyable day was had by all.

Tuesday 28th September 2021
The walk was at Kilkerran, when 19 members enjoyed a very pleasant and scenic walk.

Tuesday 13th August 2021
The Group travelled by train to Fairlie Station. The main walk was along the coastal path from Fairlie to Largs. The scenery was somewhat muted because of the dull weather. We were looking over to Cumbrae for most of the walk, across at where we had walked two weeks previously. The walk finished at Largs pier with a view of the “Waverley” which was boarding passengers for the sail to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute. The day out finished with the journey back home, by train
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Tuesday 31st August 2021
We travelled by train to Largs and took the ferry to Cumbrae. The walk took us up to the trig point – the highest point on the island – with magnificent views all round the Firth of Clyde. David

Tuesday 17th August 2021
The Howwood to Lochwinnoch walk led by Jim McPherson, which had to be cancelled because of the fire at Troon Station, took place on 17th August 2021. We travelled to and from the walk by train.
With the weather improving all of the time, a memorable day out was enjoyed by all who attended.

Tuesday 20th July 2021
Due to the fire at Troon Station and the railway line being closed, the scheduled walk which involved train travel to Howwood and from Lochwinnoch was postponed, and replaced by a walk by the River Ayr. This turned out to be a most enjoyable walk and offered an opportunity for a number of the walkers to make their first stepping stone crossing of the river.

Tuesday – 25th May 2021
New Cumnock/Glen Afton walk missing all the heavy showers

Tuesday – 5th Apr 2021
While on lunch stop at Bellisle.

Tuesday 15th September 2020
Walk through Belleisle park and along Ayr shore

Tuesday 1st September 2020

The group travelled by train to Girvan and walked to the golf course, along both sides of the harbour then along the sea front to Ainslie Park where they had a lunch stop before returning into the town and catching the train back to Ayr.


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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