Firstly, we must thank all the farmers and landowners without whose generosity, understanding, and goodwill, this superb natural asset would not be so readily available to all those who love the countryside.
This project continues to benefit from advice and encouragement from South and North Ayrshire Councils’ Countryside Access Officers, Rachel Shipley, and Louise Kirk; and support from Scottish Natural Heritage, Visit Scotland, South Ayrshire Waste Environmental Trust, and the National Trust for Scotland.
Recently, on the practical maintenance side, we have been indebted to our suppliers Owen Kerr Signs, Hugh O’Neil & Sons, A1 Ironmongery, Bowman Garden Machinery, Powercraft – and to FMC Biopolymers, and the Western Link and Moyle Interconnector companies – for their generosity. Similar thanks are due to Royal Troon and Trump Turnberry Golf Courses for donations of a large quantity of old railway sleepers now being recycled into new steps and small bridges.
For Path Maintenance – a special thanks to our squad of “Pathminders”, a group of more than 30 retired Rotarian and non-Rotarian volunteers, for their cheerful labour on the chain gangs.
We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support of the Girvan, Alloway, Prestwick and Troon Rotary Clubs, and many members of the general public, who join Ayr Rotary in the Annual Rotary Beach Clean from Girvan to Troon. This event goes from strength to strength, having been held every year since 2007.
Finally, a special thanks to Charlie Steele our Rotary Webmaster for setting up this brand new Website for 2017 – to Chris Ogilvie, Angus Hogg, Alister Firth, Mike Blair, Bernard Cotton, Rotarians Willie Watters, Neil Beattie, and Jimmy Begg for use of their photos, and to the members of the Ayr Rotary Coastal Path Management Team for their unstinting commitment to the continued success of the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
James A Begg,
Rotary Club of Ayr
Route Manager, Ayrshire Coastal Path.