This was almost the
Walk that Never Was - taking part were Anne Holt, Anne McGuire,
Irene, Jacqui, Alison,Kathryn and the well outnumbered John. The
walk starts from Girvan Cemetery and through Brochneil farm, requiring
us to cross a mucky field too full of cows and calves for our comfort
- we walked round about it and debated it and looked for a way round
it and then took the bull by the horns so to speak and crossed with
no real opposition from the cows.
Next was a fairly steep ascent of
Byne Hill followed by Mains Hill by way of a not terribly impressive
monument to Colonel A.C.B Craufuird who performed some sort of service
to Britain back in the mists of time. More impressive were the views
of Ailsa Craig and different view of Arran seen looking north to
the island. The day was fine but a little misty and any view of
Ireland needed a good imagination. During lunch the walk leader
gave a short monologue on the history of Ailsa Craig and a debate
was held on such matters as the difference between sharks and dolphins
and whether red squirrels need ladders to get up trees.
The next hill was Grey hill which
also gave great views and then we descended to Loch Lochton. From
here the rest of the walk was mainly on the flat apart from several
rather undignified climbs over barbed wire fences, past Drumfairn
Cottage [formerly a shepherd house but now derelict] and back to
our old pals the Brochneil Farm coos. !