Litter Pick 29 Aug 2019

On Thursday 29th August we carried out a litter pick along an inland stretch of the Ayrshire Coastal Path/National Cycle Network at Kilwinning (Byrehill Rd). On the Irvine to Ardrossan section of the Trail, sadly this single track road is a known problem-area for littering and fly tipping. By the end of the 2 hour pick we had collected 15 bin bags of rubbish and a variety of larger items including a paddling pool and a whirligig! We were also able to report several instances of fly tipping, one of which being a boat! North Ayrshire Council’s ‘Report It’ app proved very useful and we highly recommend giving it a try if you don’t already use it!  The litter pick was organised as part of Eco Ayrshire 2019 – a month-long festival celebrating what local organisations across the area are doing to ‘Take Steps today to Sustain Tomorrow’..  Volunteers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire‘s ‘Time out Thursday’ initiative came along to help, as did Ian ‘The Nation’s Favourite Litter Picker’ Cassidy – all of whom were a huge help in the clean up!  Within a few hours, Streetscene (North Ayrshire Council) had been along and removed all the collected rubbish, leaving a lovely tidy road behind for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.  This litter pick was made possible due to funding which the Ayrshire Coastal Path received from Sustrans Scotland. The Love Your Network Grant Fund enabled us to purchase litter pickers, bag hoops, hi viz vests and a range of hand tools. We are very grateful to Sustrans Scotland for the support and funds received!  Photos courtesy of John Linton of Sustrans...

Ayrshire Coast Guided Walk for EcoAyrshire 2019

On Saturday 24th August the Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) teamed up with Gillian’s Walks to lead a group of 30 people (and 2 dogs!) along the rugged coastline between Dunure Castle and Greenan Castle. This 6.5 mile section of the ACP is known for it’s dramatic scenery and the dry, warm weather we were blessed with ensured that a great day was had by all! This event was organised as part of Eco Ayrshire 2019 – a month-long festival organised by volunteers, celebrating what local organisations across the area are doing to ‘Take Steps today to Sustain Tomorrow’. Five members of the ACP team joined in the walk, including the Trail Manager, Works Manager and some of our volunteer Path Wardens. This presented a unique opportunity for the public to see and hear first-hand all the hard work our volunteers have put into maintaining this particular section of ACP over the past year, as well as the chance to have their Official Guidebooks autographed by the author himself!  We were also able to introduce our ‘Blue Planet – Blue Bin’ initiative: encouraging walkers of these remote areas to pick up any small plastics they come across during their walk and pop them in the blue barrel provided. These are then emptied by our volunteer Path Wardens in the area. We would like to thank Harry and Lindsay of Eco Ayrshire for all their support and most of all a huge thanks to everyone who came along on the walk. We hope that we have inspired you to walk some more of the Ayrshire Coastal Path or maybe even give...

ACP supports ECO Ayrshire

The Ayrshire Coastal Path (ACP) is looking forward to supporting Eco Ayrshire 2019 this August with several events lined up to show our commitment to ‘taking steps today to sustain tomorrow’! First up we have partnered with Gillian’s Walks to offer a guided walk along the ACP between Dunure and Ayr (Doonfoot) on Sat 24th Aug. We are delighted that this event is now fully booked! This will be followed by a litter pick on Thurs 29th Aug in the Kilwinning area along a section of ACP which is also part of the National Cycle Network. It is a known problem-area for littering and we want to clean it up. This event is also open to the public and any support would be much appreciated! Meeting point is the corner of Byrehill Rd / Longford Avenue in Kilwinning 10.30am-12.30pm. You can also catch up with us on Eco Day 31st Aug at Troon Scout Hall where we will be set up from 11-3 with information about volunteering for the ACP, the work we have done up till now and a small number of official Guidebooks for sale. We hope to see you at one of our...

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...
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