Trekkers' October Outing

When:Saturday, 12 October 2019
Where:In Search of the Source of the River Ayr
How Long:A flat, linear walk of 9 miles
Leaving St John's:9:00 am

From the town of Muirkirk, East Ayrshire (birth place of John L Macadam developer of tar macadam road), we join part of the River Ayr Way to find the source of the river.  Across fields and through woodlands and "Hey", here is where the river starts - at Glenbuck Loch.

Glenbuck Sculpture at the source of the River Ayr

Glenbuck Sculpture at the source of the River Ayr

© Richard Webb, and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The walk uses well-defined paths and the now dismantled old Caledonian Railway track and encounters interesting features en route - monument to Bill Shankly (born in Glenbuck) the Muirkirk Totem Pole, and the Glenbuck Sculpture (consisting of a huge slab made of cast sand from Ayr beach.  The equivalent slab at Ayr is constructed from cast coal dust from the opencast mine at Glenbuck).

 

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