Sunday, 24 July 2011

Carrick way walking festival. July 2011

Looking back to Maybole.

Monument on top of Kildoon Hill.

Today's walkers at the monument.

This is the remains of Great Granny's house.

Plaque to a murder on this cairn

Lots of gates and fences today

South Ayrshire at its finest.


We were shown round an old settlement .

Our walk leader.
Today on a most beautiful sunny summers day I travelled to Maybole to join their 4th annual Carrick Way walking festival.17 of us met in the Dairy shop, first of all to register for the 10 mile circular walk and have a cup of coffee.On our way out of the town our leader pointed out one of the old public water wells with its engraving in the stonework still legible but too dark for photographing. Our first hill was Kendoon with its statue to Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran on the top who are to this day still major landowners in the local area. Passing Lochspouts which was at one time was Mayboles water supply we arrived Drummochgreen Cairn which was erected to show us all where one of the Kennedy murders was committed last century. This was also our lunch stop before we had a short climb to the top of Craigfin (227M) where we all enjoyed the wonderful views of the South Ayshire countryside and beyond. We then made our way back to the town visiting an old settlement of some 10 houses which must have been deserted over 100 years ago. On reaching a little bridge over a stream we now had a 2 mile walk on a country road back to the start. The walkers gave our leader a round of applause for a most enjoyable walk in the sunshine with lots of bits of local information.

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