What a success!

What a success!

On 11 November 2020, we launched our first ever Go Fund Me! As many of you will know, the ACP is managed and maintained by volunteers and we rely on donations to pay for equipment, tools and materials to carry out ongoing path maintenance. So if you have ever enjoyed a walk on the Ayrshire Coastal Path, this is your opportunity to support our work. If everyone who follows our work on Facebook was to donate the price of a cuppa, it would cover our costs for the coming year. Thanks a million! But the great news is that we reached our target in just 10 day! That was £1000, which allows us to continue our work erecting signs, and carrying out maintenance. All teh labour is done by the volunteer Pathminders, but we do need funds to buy equipment and...
New handrails for bridge

New handrails for bridge

Earlier this week our Pathminders completed adding handrails to the footbridge near Dunure. Some before, during and after photos for you! And whilst we are talking about this type of work, can we just say a huge THANK YOU to the 43 people who have donated to our Maintenance Fundraiser over the past 2 weeks! We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and it is humbling to know that so many of you care about the Ayrshire Coastal Path and it’s...
Donations please!

Donations please!

Maintenance work has continued during the pandemic, albeit with reduced squad size, to conform to regulations. A lot of it has involved replacing signage and other materials, which have to be paid for. We have launched an appeal for funding from the general public, as we receive no financial support from local or national government. Any donation amount will be gratefully received. Your support is needed now more than ever before – thank you. Update We reached our target in just 10 days. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed – it means a lot to the volunteers who put in hours of work to maintain the Path. The campaign is still open for anyone else who would like to...
Change of Management Structure

Change of Management Structure

Change of Management Structure With the Path growing greatly in popularity from year to year, there’s been a developing discussion that in the future, Ayr Rotary Club might struggle to maintain, fund and manage the Ayrshire Coastal Path from within its membership. Jimmy Begg continues as Trail Manager Over recent years, with many volunteer non-Rotarians joining the Pathminders group, and several of them now active members of the Management Board, it was felt that this influx of younger people with a variety of skills needed to be developed further to secure the Path’s future. It was decided that Ayr Rotary Club should step back from running the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Consequently, from 1 July 2019 under its new Constitution, the Ayrshire Coastal Path is being managed independently by an Ayrshire Coastal Path Management Board comprising both Rotarian and non-Rotarian members. Ayr Rotary Club will continue to give its full support and active backing to the...

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...