Adventures of the Early Ooters

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Prestwick to Troon 16 August

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Gus, Ian, Jimmy, Kenny T, Paul, Peter, Robert

With a poor weather forecast meaning that the Lowther Hills walk was postponed, we met at the car park at the old outdoor swimming pool in Prestwick for a trip to Troon. The day was blustery but it was dry as we set off at 9.30. By the time we had reached the Pow Burn bridge, wet weather gear was donned as light rain began to fall. As we walked along the beach the elements were behind us and Troon was reached in one hour ten minutes.
The coffee was bog standard
Here, we took coffee at the benches adjacent to the toilets and considered the options. Although we had encountered some rain, it had not been an issue and with the time still early it was agreed that we continue walking. One proposal was to walk to Irvine, but the one that won the day was to walk back to Prestwick, but along the cycle track.
For those who love to eat brambles, this was a good plan as the track was adorned with bushes with the flavour varying from excellent to 'soor'. The weather was kind to us on this return journey and it was decided to have a lunch stop in the sand dunes, twenty minutes away from the cars.
Raindrops keep falling on my crisps
As the cars were reached just prior to one o’clock, some real rain appeared, and we adjourned to the shelter of the wee sitootery at the nearby ice cream shop in order to get changed.
FRT was taken at Wetherspoon’s (Prestwick Pioneer) where a pleasant hour was spent on a day where we had been really lucky with the weather.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Arrangements for the 23rd August.

Meet in Wanlockhead at 10.00.a.m. The walk will take in the Lowthers weather permitting. In the event of a poor forecast check the blog after 7.00.p.m. on Tuesday evening and or expect a phone call.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Some images of the walk from Lendalfoot to Girvan
(featuring Alan McQ, Davie C, Davie M, Gus, Ian, Jimmy, Kenny T, Paul and Robert)

    Perfect conditions for a walk from Lendalfoot to Girvan

    It's the Ooters!

    Walking along Lendalfoot shore towards Pinbain Hill

    Steep pull up Pinbain Hill

    but worth it for the view

    and a break for coffee.

    Moving on towards Grey Hill

    There's that man and his dug again!

    Holly waits patiently for her two-legged companions

    That's Grey Hill done. What's next?

    Lunch! That's what.

    Byne Hill beckons

    At the viewpoint on Byne Hill

    Artwork at Byne Hill summit

    Enjoying a refreshment in the beer garden of the Harbour Bar