Eleventh Annual Rotary Beach Clean 1 April 2017

Five Rotary Clubs, Girvan, Alloway, Ayr, Prestwick and Troon, with a total of 240 volunteers, cleared 565 bags of rubbish over a 19-mile coastline from Girvan to Troon. Working with the Marine Conservation Society, we counted 2,800 plastic bottles of all shapes and sizes. Calculating we must have lifted 33,000 bottles over 11 years, this info has been sent to MSPs at Holyrood to support a current cross-party call for a Plastic Bottle Deposit scheme – something sorely needed. Read the full report The Plastic Peril Report...

Natalie completes her marathon walk

You will remember when Natalie attended the Rotary Club of Ayr meeting in July last year. She was attempting a 6000-mile journey round the coast of Great Britain in memory of her five year old daughter Elizabeth who died in December 2015 – and hoping to raise £100,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital. In fact she topped this target with a fantastic £115,000! The Club presented Natalie with a new pair of boots, to help her on her way and a few members walked alongside her on part of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Congratulations Natalie on competing your...

Check out the Wildlife!

One of our Pathminders, Ron Ireland, took this photo of a stranded seal on 8 February 2017, at Bracken Bay. Apart from that, Ron spotted a couple of Roe deer, nesting ravens in the Fisherton Gulley and various other species. If you are able to snap any interesting wildlife, please post them on our Facebook page or send to...

Outlanders on the Coastal Path!

Literally on the Coastal Path – filming location scenes at Dunure Harbour. So our apologies to any walkers who stumbled back into the 18th Century today on reaching Dunure. An unexpected encounter – but an interesting one. Here today and gone tomorrow – which will conveniently let us begin work on the Smugglers’ Brae steps the next day. New “Pathminders” are always welcome to join our...

“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...

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