Ayr River Walk
Holidays, weddings and injuries meant our numbers were depleted for our latest walk at the end of July and our group was made up with John Black and David McMahon from Auchincruive joined by our previous Minister, Rona Young and Stuart Lancaster from St. Meddans.
This intrepid quartet drove from Auchincruive Church to Mauchline where we parked the car just in time for the start of a rain shower. Undeterred and dressed for the conditions, we set off to walk a short section section of the River Ayr Walk which would take us to the village of Failford – a favorite courting place for local Poet Robert Burns. It was here on the 14th May 1786, Burns and Mary Campbell (Highland Mary), made a matrimonial gesture by exchanging Bibles with each other over a running stream. This did not last, as Mary took ill and died after a rough sea crossing from Argyle to Greenock.
As we walked past the old Railway Station the rain stopped for the day and we were able to make our way along the River Ayr Walk which took us across rich green farmland with inquisitive cattle and newly shorn sheep and through some pine forests on the edge of the Barskimming Estate.
On our picnic stop we were joined by a group of ladies with large dogs, and they were completing The River Ayr Walk stage by stage. This was for enjoyment as they spend the winter cross country running – with their dogs!
Picnic over, we carried on along country paths until we reached the main road which took us down to the hamlet of Failford, we caught a bus back to Mauchline, and as is customary, our end of walk reward was delicious tea and coffee with scrumptious home baking in the gift shop, which is well worth a visit. We made our way home after a short, but enjoyable walk in good company.