Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Walking by the river


Anne and I passed time yesterday walking along the River Ayr, originally I'd thought about Going from Loudoun Hill to Kilmarnock but the bus service doesn't go beyond Darvel so we'll leave it for another time.

We parked in Failford and headed along the riverside wild life reserve toward Stair on the new trail.
It was pleasantly warm wandering along through bluebell covered woodland, lot of spring flowers and tree blossom about, it wasn't long before I was down to shorts in an attempt to keep cool.

At Stair Inn we had a light lunch and decided to continue toward Annbank, Auchincruive, and Ayr returning by bus.
Along the river we saw and heard lots of birdlife including six herons, four goosanders and a colony of sand martins.

We were just arriving in Ayr, passing Ayr college, when a thundercloud passed over forcing us to shelter under the road bridge from the rain and hail for almost fifteen minutes till it was done.
There was nothing else to be done neither of us had any waterproofs and a few seconds in that downpour would have soaked us to the skin.
It was lucky for us we had good shelter.
Afterwards we walked smartly into Ayr, just in case there was a repeat performance, for a beer and the bus after 5 hours of very nice walking.

View pictures here.

Similar walk description here.


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