Route at Prestwick re-opened

Ayrshire Roads Alliance engineers have completed the works on the coastal defences near the Path close to Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Course. The Path is now fully open...
Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, near Largs

Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, near Largs

  Skelmorlie Secret Bunker is a fully restored Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring post which was built in 1964 as part of a nationwide UK Cold War civil defence programme, in order to detect and report on the effects of a Nuclear Attack. It is the only free admission, fully restored monitoring post in the West of Scotland and only one of two in Scotland normally available for public access (the other is in Arbroath) since the official stand-down of the posts in 1991. In 2017 a visitor portacabin was installed on the site to provide a reception point and small museum, this being adjacent to Stage 12 of the Ayrshire Coastal...
Danger! Pipe bridge impassable due to flood damage

Danger! Pipe bridge impassable due to flood damage

Please be aware that the recent heavy rain has undermined a section of the Coastal Path near Turrnberry and this section of the Path is dangerous and should be avoided until further notice. The area in question is on the section of the Path between Miton Burn and the steps over the dunes – just North of the old pump house. As you can see from the attached photographs, there are 2 culverts (pipes) below the path, but the flow of water has been diverted by a blockage and the adjacent soil has been swept away. There is a very deep hole (at least 3 feet deep) close to the culverts and the edge of this hole is simply turf, floating in mid air and it will not be able to bear any weight. The hole is fairly obvious when heading South – but less so when heading North. The landowner is aware of this issue and further updates will be issued in due course. Notices are being made up and will be strategically placed to alert walkers and advise on alternative routes.  Southbound Walkers at low tide should use the shore; and at high tide take the path up to the A719 and find a way along the south side of the Milton Burn back to the...
Dog Walkers – READ AND OBEY livestock Warning Notices!

Dog Walkers – READ AND OBEY livestock Warning Notices!

In 2016, following recurring problems with walkers and dogs, eight bright yellow warning notices were erected in sensitive livestock farming areas from Glenapp to Heads of Ayr. Walkers with dogs are expected to be responsible and keep their animals on the lead when passing through this land – or risk their dogs being shot if they get out of control and chase or worry sheep or cattle. Recurrently over the past years, in local and national Press, BBC News, Countryfile, and Landward programmes, there have been numerous harrowing reports of sheep being killed by dogs, or worried and aborting their lambs, or chased into rivers and drowned. Just how much information do some mindless individuals need to get it into their skulls that their pet dogs, sheep and cattle do not mix! Lambing is now in full swing along the Ayrshire coast, and we have already received reports of two incidents in the Dunure area of thoughtless, irresponsible, walkers ignoring Warning Notices and letting their dogs run uncontrolled in lambing fields. The first was a man with an uncontrolled collie cutting right through a flock of pregnant ewes, which scattered frantically. This was witnessed by the angry farmer who said that few weeks later and he would have had 300 panicking ewes separated from their lambs – leading to loss of vital mother and lamb bonding. The second was a woman with two loose collies running through a similar field, who – when approached by the landowner and asked to put them on a lead – said she didn’t have one!! How irresponsible can you get? Having said this, very...

Great news! Footbridge has re-opened

The footbridge across the River Irvine at Low Green, which closed last summer, has now been re-opened. This is well ahead of schedule, so thanks to those...
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