MONDAY 21MARCH, 2016
ARDROSSAN TO TROON
16 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL AND BILL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1447 MILES
Three days walking was planned for this trip starting at Ardrossan where we plan to finish our May weeks walk this year. Our last walk, Day 104 in October last year ended at Crinan where we will start in May. Our plan is to walk from Crinan south down the Mull of Kintyre to Claonaig where we will cross on the ferry to Lochranza on Arran and walk down the east coast to Brodick where we will cross by ferry to Ardrossan.
Our car journey to the start of the walk at Ardrossan was much shorter than our more recent trips further north but as we had to drive through the middle of Glasgow we decided to set off early to avoid the rush hour traffic. This proved a good move and we arrived in Ardrossan after a comfortable two hour drive. After a breakfast in Asda’s cafe we set off from the marina just after nine. It was overcast and a bit chilly when we made our way out of town along the seafront towards Saltcoats. The whole of our three days walking more or less followed the Ayshire Coastal Path with some deviation where the path was diverted due to ‘works’ of one kind or another. The walk from Ardrossan to Irvine is pretty unspectacular and the path is pushed inland round the huge I.C.I. Complex (which historical records show was the scene of several fatal explosions in the first half of the twentieth century). The dullness of this part of the route is made worse by the unbelievable amounts of ‘fly-tipped’ rubbish, dumped everywhere, thankfully something we have not seen much of on our coast travels so far. On reaching Irvine we took the local service No.11 bus back to Ardrossan and collected the car which we relocated in Irvine near to the Maritime Museum. Emerging onto the lovely sands of Irvine Bay gave us an instant lift and we enjoyed the best part of the days walk, an almost five mile beach walk into Troon and the end of the days walk. The Ayrshire Coastal path does not have a very distinctive logo and is not very well marked at parts and we needed to refer to the map at times to confirm the route.
Summary; This walk was fairly easy as it is flat all the way. Underfoot conditions to Irvine are basically on hard surfaced roads and paths. The last part on the beach comes as a pleasant relief.
Highs; The beach walk.
Lows; The part between Saltcoats and Irvine is uninteresting and all the dumped rubbish makes it even less enjoyable.
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