Walk Reports

Paisley Bridges and Buildings - Wednesday 6th JuneReports

Posted by Neil Kitchener Fri, June 08, 2018 08:19:03

The day was sunny as the small group of ramblers left the arches at Gilmour Street Railway Station in Paisley on Cathies first walk as a leader. Soon we were crossing the first of several bridges as we followed the River Cart through the centre of town, stopping to admire statues of local heroes while admiring the historical buildings which were intermingled with the new. In the Square in front of the station musicians were playing music and the statue of Wallace looked out over the town. We walked through the town noting the Paisley Abbey on the left as we continued to follow the river. Crossing more Victorian bridges with their unique character we made our way to the former Coats thread factory. After we crossed the road, we caught the first sight of one of the murals described in the Scots Magazine, a Kingfisher resplendent in its colours.
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We then followed the river before cutting through to our first stop at the Threadmill Museum. Inside the building was a small museum telling the history of Paisley threads making. Cathie had arranged to have a short talk by a local historian on Paisleys rise to fame and fortune, thread, silk and shawl making. He thrilled us with macabre tales about Christian Bale. At the same time a woman came and showed us the designs and samples of the Renfrew Tapestry which is being made by 1,000 volunteers to celebrate the past present and future of Paisley.
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After our lunch/coffee break, we made our way back through the gardens to the next stop at Paisley Abbey. The building is rich in history and we lingered amongst the cloisters and nave until the leader moved the party on. We could have spent more time there as there were so many things to see. We then continued down through the town past the Russell Institute which is a beautiful A listed Art-Deco building, originally established the 1920’s as a health for women and children, it was now adapting to the changing demands of the 20th Century. We meandered down to the Bungalow which is a street with now world-famous murals, they often had a connection to Paisley e.g. Gerry Rafferty a local lad. However, John Lennon and Jimmy Hendrix were there representing the world’s famous artists.
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As we made our way back we noticed that the Sma’ Shot Cottages , a set of preserved old houses were open. The guide gave us a tour of the houses showing the way people lived in olden days and the changes that had taken place over the years. The visit was like a time travel through the development of the weaving industry and we were able to see examples of the old hand weaving looms. Again, we were regaled with interesting tales relating to local characters.

We then made our way to the Black Bull, one of the oldest pubs in Paisley which had a host of original features and a working juke box. While there we spoke to some actors dressed as first world war soldiers who were making a film about the Spanish Flu pandemic which killed millions of people at the end of the war.
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After a cold lemonade, the next part of the walk was up the steep cobbled stones past the Coats Observatory to a viewpoint at the top of the hill. If you closed your eyes you could hear the clogs and sparks as the millworkers made their way up the hill to their respective churches.

The walkers then sang a song about a woman working in the mill, dreaming of her valentine who would take her away from the drudgery of the mill work. It is not clear how many of us were in key but we all sang with passion and enthusiasm. The last part of the walk was back down the cobbled streets passed the Quakers church to the cars and home.

Paisley is a town with a rich history and heritage, it is a much undervalued place with a great deal of energy and character. A vote of thanks was given by Marjorie and all agreed that although it was Cathie’s first walk as a leader she had delivered a magical and surprising walk, the bridges were only one part of the rich tapestry that made up this walk.

Christine Cameron



Arran PhotosReports

Posted by Neil Kitchener Sun, May 20, 2018 22:31:32

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darvel walk 12th MayReports

Posted by Liz Paterson Mon, May 14, 2018 19:50:53



Coire Fhionn Lochan, Meall Briorach and Glen Catacol (Arran) - Saturday 12th May 2018Reports

Posted by Webmaster Mon, May 14, 2018 12:30:10

By sheer co-incidence, an identical number of walkers (13), albeit at the earlier time of 05:30, set off from Southbank to travel to Ardrossan to catch the 07:00 ferry to Arran. What a day we had! The sun shone from early on and was still shining when we arrived back in Kirkintilloch after a wonderful day in Arran.

On arrival at Ardrossan, we were joined by Caroline for our ferry trip and when we reached Brodick, we had a welcoming committee of Eric and David McKenzie, who had made the sensible decision to stay overnight on Friday. Our group now comprised 16 eager hikers. After a pleasant bus journey almost half-way round the island, we set off from Mid Thundergay to head for Coire Fhionn Lochan. We stopped here for our coffee break in a beautiful setting. At this point, we split into two groups, the larger group continued the climb to Meall Briorach and the other group taking the more direct route to Glen Catacol. On three separate occasions during the steep descent into Glen Catacol, we came across some adders, either warming themselves in the sun or involved in some mating activity.

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Both groups met up at the Glen Catacol Hotel for some well-earned refreshments in the beer garden before catching the bus back to Brodick and the waiting ferry. All in all, it was a terrific day in stunning scenery, wonderful weather and great company. Huge thanks to our leaders Alan C, Alan T and Eric. The time, effort and expense involved in carrying out the recces and in leading the walks on the day is very much appreciated.

The route taken by the main group is shown below: (Green=start, Red=finish)

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Position on the island:
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If anyone has any photos taken on the day, please feel free to add them to this report or, if you are unsure of the process, you can email them to me and I will do the necessary.

Some images added by Bob Cole:
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Additional photos kindly submitted by Caroline:

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Darvel circular walk via LoudonhillReports

Posted by Liz Paterson Sun, May 13, 2018 21:49:56

12th May

What a beautiful morning and 13 walkers left Kirkintilloch to head to Darvel.

With the number being 13, we say 12 and the leader (myself Liz Paterson)

Well, What can I say about this walk! I think it breaks the record for the walk that has the most stiles in it. It had 21 and it was a STYLISH WALK. The scenery in the Irvine valley was absolutely amazing. In glorious sunshine from Darvel we headed up what is called the Bankers, a tarred path to the top of a hill and then onto the open hills passing farms and soon into the woods along the side of the Gower burn, where we had a lovely stop for morning tea.

The route now once again was onto a tarred minor road, again uphill and over open countryside to link up with a minor road down to pass the dis used quarry and then crossing the busy main road to link up the Loudonhill walkway.

Reaching the Spirit of Scotland monument, we stopped for our well deserved lunch.

Some were a bit apprehensive with the Hill in full view, as you never really know what s up a leaders sleeve. But to their great delight this was not in the agenda. Unknown to them on the return leg of the walk, it was their legs that would soon tell the tale of the record breaking walk with 21 stiles all along the old railway track leading back to Darvel.

Verdict Tired but Happy Ramblers.

Photos to follow Courtesy of Ann Blair.





Holehead - Waterhead CircularReports

Posted by Ann Bain Sat, March 24, 2018 15:55:40

This walk was a last minute change to the programme because of treacherous underfoot conditions on the Meikle Bin recce which was to replace another walk.

Surinder's strollers numbered 17 and the walk started at the layby on the Crow Road.

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Our group are multi talented and Eric occasionally demonstrates the Paso Doble at the start of a walk.

Meantime our leader was wandering what she had let herself in for.

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A short walk along the road took us onto the track leading up to Holehead with the mighty Meikle Bin in the background.

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No walk on Holehead is complete without a visit to our Trig point where pink paint can still be made out. Work party anyone?

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Crossing back over the Crow Road we walked up to Waterhead through the forest, stopping for lunch in a sunny clearing.
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A vote of thanks was given by Ella to Surinder particularly in view of the difficulties encountered in her recces for what was her first time as walk leader.















Blairlogie 6th January 2018Reports

Posted by Bob Cole Sat, January 06, 2018 20:53:08

The Blairlogie circuit in pics, led by Archie and Evelyn Leishman.
Added comments invited in appropriate places.
From Blairlogie Car Park 15 ramblers set off in cold but dry weather.
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Up Clarty and down ChuckyReports

Posted by Liz Paterson Sun, December 24, 2017 20:10:10

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