Rotary President commends the ACP

On 16 August 2017, we were honoured to welcome Denis Spiller, the National President of Rotary International Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) along with the 1230 District Governor, Gary Louttit, to see and experience for themselves the delights of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. There to welcome them, at Dunure harbour, were Ayr Rotary President Craig Wilson, Jimmy Begg, Gus Iannotti and Ron Ireland. Despite the looming rain clouds, the party of six set off on an amiable stroll with Jimmy, as ever, leading the way and elaborating on various features of interest such as the castle and its doocot. From there they were guided up our newly-constructed Smugglers’ Brae steps, stopping at the new bench to enjoy the (imagined) views. After continuing through the Millenium Wood to the kissing-gate above the lookout-field, with storm clouds approaching from the distant west, the wise decision to return was unanimously reached. In the comfort of the Dunure Inn, the group enjoyed an excellent light lunch during which the erudite chat ranged from things entomological to classic cars (both involving beetles!). Denis and Gary were full of praise for the efforts of Ayr Rotary Club in creating and maintaining the Path and for the benefits this brought to Rotary through greater public...

“Elizabeth’s Footprint” with new boots on the Ayrshire Coastal Path

From 18-22 July we were humbled and honoured by the courageous presence of Natalia Spencer walking the ACP during her 6000-mile journey round the coast of Great Britain in memory of her five year old daughter Elizabeth who died in December 2015 – and raising £100,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital. “Down to her uppers” after tramping 2400 miles from Dorset in the past four months, the members of Ayr Rotary – as well as walking from Lendalfoot to Ayr with Natalia – bought her a pair of new boots to see her good for the next 1000 miles. We wish her God-speed for the rest of her journey.  See www.elizabethsfootprint.com Click image to...

Tenth Annual Rotary Beach Clean – 2 April 2016

Helped by good weather today, a crowd of 246 volunteers organised by the Rotary Clubs of Ayr, Alloway, Girvan, Prestwick, and Troon, removed 624 bags of rubbish from 19 miles of beach between Girvan and Troon. This was a bit more than last year due to the severe winter storms, but walkers should now be able to enjoy and appreciate pristine beaches – and beautiful panoramas – for yet another year. In the past ten years we have removed over 7400 bags of sea-borne rubbish from this...