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

Date Venue Meet atNotes
May 28thAuchinleck EstateBoswell’s Coach House
June 25thBiggarTBCMinibus
July 30thThornhillTBCMinibus
August 27thMoffattTBCMinibus
September 24thGalashielsTBCCoach Trip
October 29thTBCTBC
November 26thTBCTBC


Saturday 30th April – 15 group members travelled to Glasgow, Meeting at Central Station at 11.20
We then walked to the Tenement House where many of us took time to visit the property.
After the visit we walked via Kelvingrove Park to the Kelvingrove Museum and Galleries. The formal walk finished here. We ate at one of the restaurants,and then were free to spend as much time as we wanted viewing the exhibits before making our way back home. Unfortunately, the weather, as forecast, turned rainy, but this did not spoil our enjoyment.


Saturday 26th March 2022 – 17 members of the group made their way by minibus and car to Helensburgh. We enjoyed a short walk along the waterfront at Helensburgh, going as far as Rhu before making our way back to our vehicles. Having made our way up the hill to “The Hill House” we had an enjoyable lunch before touring the house and “the box” currently surrounding it while conservation work is carried out.

The rest of the time was spent in the gardens before we made our journey back home. A most enjoyable day out was had by all.


Saturday 26th February 2022 – Twenty members enjoyed a walk in Auchincruive Estate. We started out from the car park facing Annbank Parish Church, and followed a circular rout in the estate with part of our walk following the riverside path. There was quite a bit of evidence of storm damage in the wooded areas, We stopped at the Bothy Cafe where we were able to enjoy an excellent lunch. Our final part of the walk saw us returning to the car park through a different part of the estate.


Saturday 29th January – The first Saturday walk of 2022. The original starting point at the Seafield car park on Ayr promenade had to be abandoned due to the effects of storm Malik. We reassembled at Rozelle Park and 17 of us had an enjoyable walk from the park towards the Burns Centre, then along the old railway bed towards Maybole Road, and from there back into Rozelle Park.


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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