Happy new year to everyone who reads the blog. This posting is rather unusual as there are no photographs as I was requested by the estate management that the family do not wish pictures of their estate on the internet and as a member of Kilmarnock OIR their wishes have to be respected.
On Tuesday January 5th 17 members met at Barskimming House to be greeted by a senior member of the staff accompanied by his wife ,2 children and 4 dogs to be shown around this beautiful estate. On a cloudy cool morning after all the introductions had been made we set off along one of the many tracks through woodlands and open meadows.Our guide was very helpful explaining the history and the ongoing maintenance that has to be carried out every year to keep the estate accessible for all the equestrian events held there annually.Our walk was about 7 miles and we never once left the boundary of the estate which stretches far and wide into the Ayrshire countryside. An excellent informative walk and a vote of thanks was given at the Fairburn Hotel where we all enjoyed a wee refreshment or a coffee.