FOOTBRIDGE CLOSURE, RIVER IRVINE

Walkers should note that the footbridge across the River Irvine at Low Green is currently closed until mid September and a short diversion is in place. Please follow the red ‘pedestrian’ signage which is in place, using the Marress Road bridge...

Warning of Possible Road/Path closures at Turnberry on 13-14 July

Unofficial word has come from South Ayrshire Council (who are also in the dark on this matter due to lack of information from higher authority) that the security involved in a possible presidential visit by Donald Trump on 13 or 14 July, may lead to temporary closure to the public of the Links Lodge beach track, Turnberry Beach, and the ACP route across Turnberry Golf Course. In addition the A719 road from Turnberry to Maidens may also be closed. Walkers may wish to alter their plans for these days. If going north, to avoid the busy A77T, from Turnberry a minor road past Laigh and High Drumdow farms branches north past High Park Farm to re-join the A77T 1km south of Kirkoswald. About 0.5km north of this junction, another minor road on the left runs NW to re-join the A719, which leads back to Maidens to re-join the ACP. This detour will add around 3 miles (5Km) to the day’s...

Bulls in Curragh Bullpens till mid-June

Both bullpens on the foreshore opposite Burnside and Curragh Farms are currently occupied by a number of hefty Charolais bulls, which usually go out to the heifers in mid-June. So, until both pens are eventually vacated, walkers in either direction should bypass them by descending on to the adjacent foreshore and walking quietly along the beach till clear of this...

South Ayrshire Council employees turn out in force!

Many thanks to the helpers from South Ayrshire Council who arrived at Turnberry and worked their socks off, and the pink wellies! These enthusiastic “beach cleaners” were well prepared, with their picnic hamper, tea and coffee and goodness knows what else, as part of their equipment. Someone even brought a drone to film our efforts – or was that to make sure everyone pulled their weight? And they even made a short video for us. Prepare for 2019 Beach Clean guys!  ...

Our rubbish is on its way to BBC One Show in London!

What a great success the 12th Annual Beach Clean was! And to cap it all, we were invited to send a load of plastic rubbish to London for the BBC One show. Over 800 bags of rubbish were collected by volunteers organised by Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon Rotary Clubs between Ballantrae and Troon – with 636 bags collected by Ayr Rotary Club from 7 beaches. Thanks to around 30 willing volunteers, 330 bags were removed from 2km of Dowhill to Turnberry Beach which had never been cleaned before, and a further 75 bags from the adjacent 1km long Dunnymuck beach. This staggering combined total of 405 bags was loaded into 40 large bulk bags, which are now heading for London by lorry, to to be dumped outside the BBC as the main exhibit in The One Show special on Ocean Plastic Pollution on Monday 16 April. NB. Plastic rubbish formed 93% of the total stuff gathered on these 3km of beach. In contrast to these wild beaches, after 12 years of Rotary Beach Cleans, much less litter is now being collected from the town beaches of Girvan/Ballantrae (92), Doonfoot (34), Ayr (90), Prestwick, and Troon (14), thanks to an increased public awareness – and the sterling work of local resident groups, who now patrol and clean these beaches on a regular basis. Our grateful thanks to both them – and all the volunteers who ventured south to the remote beaches – for making our beaches beautiful...

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