Walking – Saturday Monthly

Group Leader         Barrie Southwood - 07766 755836
Group Leader         Amy Kinnaird - 01290 700606
Location             Refer to leaders or information below
Timings              Refer to leaders  or information below
Season               January to November

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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.

Saturday Walking Group – Provisional 2022 Programme
Meet at 11am unless otherwise stated

Date Venue Meet atNotes
January 29thBelleisle/RozelleBlackburn Car Park(Ayr India)Bring a packed lunch.
February 26thTBCTBC
March 26thTBCTBC
April 30thTBCTBC
May 28thTBCTBC
June 25thTBCTBCMinibus
July 30thTBCTBCMinibus
August 27thTBCTBCMinibus
September 24thTBCTBC
October 29thTBCTBC
November 26thTBCTBC

Resume of OiR Saturday Walking Group – Amy Kinnaird

OiR Saturday Walking Group
On Hogmanay last year, we were looking forward to a new year—–2020. Little did we think that 2020 would turn out to be a year like no other.
OiR has had to adjust to a “new” normal. and OiR’s Walking Groups, under Barrie’s leadership, have coped well in these strange circumstances.
The programme of the 2020 walks began on Saturday, 28th February–when life was not complicated—-when we walked on paths around Ochiltree, followed by lunch for 18 of us in the new Ochiltree Hub—a real asset to the village and a credit to the Ochiltree voluteers who brought an idea into fruition.
March, April, May and June we were under Lockdown, but Barrie brought us together via his presentations on Zoom——-photos and background on where we would have walked, if life had been as planned.
July came and a little easing of Lockdown. We met together at the seafront in Ayr and had a socially distance walk along the shore to Doonfoot and Belleisle, where we had our packed lunches. We were in groups of 5, which did not mix together.
August, and again we walked, in our allotted groups, along the harbour and seafront –from Ayr Auld Brig–to Belleisle, and back to the car park.
September——on the appointed Saturday, we had a change of scenery. This time we went on a lovely sunny day to Girvan by train. We walked from the Train Station, in our allotted groups, along the harbour and the seafront —–a change of location for all of us and which we thoroughly enjoyed.
October, and we met in Rozelle Park and had a very interesting walk, taking in the WW1 sculptures and other statues in the estate there. We enjoyed the autumn tints on the trees, and were grateful for the choice of superb parks we have in this part of Scotland. This time we also visited Alloway Auld Brig and had our packed lunches in the Burns Monument Gardens.
November brought our last Saturday walk of this year. Once again, we met at Ayr seafront and, in our groups of five, walked to Doonfoot and Belleisle, before returning to the Car Park beside the Horizon Hotel– a walk of 5-6 miles–on a sunny November Saturday.

Many thanks to Barrie for his planning and organising 10 splendid Saturday walks in this strange difficult year. I know that the OiR members who took part in these walks enjoyed the exercise, the surroundings, but most of all —the company of each other…. Thanks all .
Amy K.

Saturday 6th November 2021 – Small presentation by Amy to our Saturday Walking Group Organiser, Barrie, today at the Royal Hotel, Cumnock. We all enjoyed an excellent lunch in good OiR Company.

Saturday 2nd October 2021 – Unfortunately the weather was very wet for our walk at Barstobrick. None the less 17 brave souls turned up and we were able to fit in a short walk in the rain. Our hoped for walk to Neilson’s Monument had to be abandoned.

Saturday 28th Aug 2021 – Seventeen Saturday walkers travelled to Durisdeer by car and minibus where they visited the Durisdeer church mausoleum to see the Queensberry marbles before carrying out a short walk. The walk took them along what is believed to be an old Roman road to the site of a Roman fortlet. The walkers then returned to the village and headed home to Ayr via a lunch stop in Thornhill.

Saturday 31st July 2021 – 19 members of the Saturday Walking Group enjoyed a walk in the Castle Douglas area from Threave Gardens to Threave Castle and back. En route they were able to view, by telescope, the nesting Osprey chicks which now almost fully grown. A most enjoyable day was had by all. David Bowman

Saturday, 27th March – The Saturday Walking Group had their first walk of 2021
Fourteen members met at Cafe India car park and walked from there along the sea front to Doonfoot, then Cambusdoon , having our packed lunches in Belleisle Walled Garden, before heading back through the Old Racecourse to the car park.   We enjoyed being together—socially distant—with exercise, fresh air and good company.    Thanks to Barrie for leading the walk. Amy Kinnaird

Saturday 29th August 2020
The walk started at the Auld Brig, along the beach and finally ended, for lunch, at the Secret Garden. The large group was divided into smaller groups of five in order to adhere to social distancing. It did mean that, towards the end of the walk, each group went in a different direction before coming together again at the Secret Garden.

Walk in Ochiltree – 29th Feb 2020

26th October 2019
The last Saturday walk for 2019 was led by Barrie and held in Cumnock. Afterwards the walkers and other OiR members, 31 in total, had lunch in the Royal Hotel, Cumnock.

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