Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Lunch at Stair

Failford Primroses

As Anne and I were discussing where we might have an bit of outdoors today Stair Inn popped into my head, its been a while since we were there and looking at the clock suggested walking from Failford to Stair we'd time it nicely for lunch.
We often reserve the Failford to Stair walk for a less than perfect day, it offers a bit of shelter along the river(Ayr)side so its good for a brolly walk out of the breeze. Today though was a beautiful spring day, sunshine and a cool light breeze ideal walking weather.
The Failford walk was just lovely, lots of primroses blooming by the path and birds singing their hearts out. We think this walk is the nicest walk in Ayrshire, its lunch at Stair Inn that swings it for us.
On route I captured a pair of goosander on video by shooting through the binoculars they are quite shy birds so we were lucky to get close enough to film them.

Today's video here

Part route description here but continue beyond the route west along the river 2 miles to Stair

Some Failford pictures here.


Blogger Jinxx said...

Got to agree with you, the Stair to Failford trail is superb, either for walking or cycling.

Any idea where the next section of the trail starts from Failford on its way to Muirkirk, for some reason or other, i can not spot it, and thats with a GPS

12:02 AM  
Blogger Whee said...

Its scheduled to go through Barskimming but when I looked yesterday there were no signs that way so it looks like it is still going along the road (B743)taking first left passing Mosshead, Haughvett and back to the river at Haugh. However if you are willing to risk a talking to go into and through Barskimming at (MR470263) but go straight on after the bridge over a low wooden fence nearer the river. The road merges further along and goes past the house onto their drive. Its possible to go straight on here staying close to the river but at the end there is a gate to jump at MR 490254. Opposite that there is a track beside the tres down through a field (lift over a fence) to Haugh, or you can go round the road.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Whee said...

Sorry I ment first right on the B743, I'm always doing that.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jinxx said...

Cheers, i was wondering why i could not see any signs leading back to the River, i know you walked it once, so if anyone knew the answer to where it goes, it was you, once again thanks.

although when i was up there, i did notice a path leading down to the river, just at the first layby after the village. Might have to walk it first, just in case it dead ends, or as her indoors said to me, why dont i buy the official guide

11:09 AM  
Blogger Whee said...

I've been that way and its quite pleasant but dead ends so nless its signed for River Ayr Way I'm sure it will be the same.
The guide may not tell the whole story as agreement may not have been reached on the route through Barskimming but its worth a look.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Jinxx said...

Just had a look on the official website and it now appears that the route now passes through the Barskimming estate, now all i have to do is find out how to get to it from Failford, good thing i love exploring

1:29 PM  
Blogger Whee said...

I don't think the route has benn finalised or signposted through Barskimming, but I've been wrong before.

5:43 PM  

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