Thursday, 25 October 2012

Culzean Castle to Doonfoot. October 2012

A gloomy Culzean with Ailsa Craig in the background.

Autumn colours on the shore.

Heading towards Croy shore.

This gorse was still in full bloom.

My walking companion.    
Today Thursday October 25th we took the bus to Culzean Castle to do a 12 mile walk back to Doonfoot. We normally do this walk starting at the Ayr end but as it was high tide  at 9.43AM we decided to do it in reverse which made it completely different. Once we were on the shore we set off at a cracking pace on a very still cloudy morning with very little movement in the sea, just the odd fishing boat engines broke the silence. We met 3 members of Ayr Rotary Club who are responsible for the Ayrshire Coastal Path preparing to put  a bridge in place over a stream which I know from past experience  can be very tricky to cross in wet winter weather,so this has to be a welcome addition to the path.Once through the village of Dunure we had our lunch watching a naval vessel doing it's manoeuvres on the Clyde. Also lying at anchor we could see the Zaliv Vostock a large oil tanker which I now find out was waiting to go to Finnart Oil Terminal on Loch Long to discharge it's cargo to be pumped all the way to the Grangemouth Oil Refinery on Scotland's east coast.The final leg of our walk was along the shore to Greenan ,the low tide enabling us to take short cuts over the sand and rocks to end a very pleasant dry day on the Ayrshire coast.

1 comment:

  1. Great walk every time that Gordon, you're lucky enough living so close.
    I remember an uncle of mine working on that pipeline in the 50's. He used to come home and flash the cash. It was a well payed job back then.