Adventures of the Early Ooters

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Croy to Maidens - 30 November 2022

 Present: Alan, Bob, Davie Mc, Dougie, Gus, Hugh, Malcolm, Paul and Rex.

All nine of the above were kitted up ready to go by a quarter to ten on a beautiful calm November morning. However we decided to wait to see if there were any latecomers but since nobody showed up we set off at 3 minutes to 10. Walking along the sand on the shore was a pleasure although some paddling through the stony burn caused some dancing about.  

In about 40 or so minutes had reached the esplanade at Culzean Castle where a coffee stop was called for. Culzean was very quiet as one might expect at this time of year. Having gone along the west side of the Swan Pond, we cut off to the right and Davie called a view stop on the cliff above Maidens shore, with the lighthouse in the distance presenting a lovely picture.

Lunch was taken down at Maidens harbour before we set off on our return journey, taking the shorter route  round the east shore of the pond, and going down the steep steps to the shore-side cottages.

We reached the car park 3 hours and 35 minutes after we we had set out. FRT was taken at the Balgarth Hotel in Alloway, where a discussion was held as how to pronounce the Italian lager Meanbrea. 

A first class day out.

2023 Calendars

 I have now received a supply of the latest Earlyooters calendar and will have them with me next week.

The cost per calendar is £8. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or bank transfer. Details will be attached to the calendars.

For those who will not be walking next week I will attempt to get them delivered somehow.

Photographs from the Croy shore walk.


Arrangements for Wed 7th Dec.

 Meet in the usual place beside the Gogo burn in Largs at 10.00. to be on the Millport ferry at 10.15.a.m.

Very poor forecast meet in the car park close to Portencross Castle at 10.00.a.m. for the usual wet weather walk around Hunterston Power station.

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Hurlford to Darvel 23 November

Alan, Allan, Davie C, Davie Mc, Dougie, Gus, Hugh, Jimmy, Kenny R, Malcolm, Paul, Rex, Robert

Derval Davie said that this was a six mile walk and we would be finished by half past twelve and therefore he was thinking of extending it a wee bit. Few believed him, but we set off on a dreich morning on our customary path to Loudoun Kirk. The rain was light and intermittent, and we were in our waterproofs, so we didn’t encounter any issues and were at the kirk for coffee just after eleven.

As luck would have it, we got the heaviest shower of the day when we were there but, after the rain went off, it brightened up and we were to get it dry and bright for the rest of the day. Having crossed over into Galston, we took the riverside path to Newmilns and then on towards Darvel. Stopping about a mile before our destination we took lunch before walking on to the furthest gate into Lanfine at the far end of the park.

Rather than take the bus back to the cars at Hurlford Bowling Club and then go for FRT in Kilmarnock, we decided to have our refreshment in the Black Bull in Darvel and then travel back. A pleasant hour was spent there, although most missed the opportunity to change into fresh clothes.

And, by the way, we had covered nine and a half miles (with no wee extension) in three and a half hours. Davie miles now rival Jimmy miles!

Ooters Burns Supper

Johnny is willing to host the event on Wednesday 25th January.

However, the Ooters themselves will need to organise it i.e.

·             Confirm who will be providing elements of the meal

·             Confirm who will be doing the addresses/speeches/readings/entertainment.

·              Firm up numbers

This needs to be done before Christmas.


Wish you were here?