Glen App to Ballantrae Special Walk

Today our walk took us to the start of the Ayrshire Costal Path at Glen App, where we would start our 9 mile walk costal walk to Ballantrae.
We travelled by coach from East Kilbride to Woodland farm where we had our morning coffee stop. After our stop we travelled to Glen App where we would start our walk.
On starting our walk we immediately walked up onto the moorland and the cliff path where we had great views of Loch Ryan and Ailsa Craig and the Irish Ferries coming and going in and out of Loch Ryan.
Our weather today was very changeable, from very bright sunny weather to very heavy rain and hail, and at times very windy, but as usual we were well dressed for all types of weaather and took it in our stride.
While walking along the path high up on the cliffs, we could see great views of the wild windy sea with some fantastic displays of the waves hitting off the rocks .
Our lunch stop was in a lovely sheltered area with great views of the waves crashing the rocks.
Sometimes the walking was quite hard going, due to the wind , rain and some longer grass.
We carried on our walk until we reached the Kings Arms Hotel at Ballantrae, here we had our social stop plus an evening meal.
After our meal we had further celebrations, as a birthday cake was carried into the dining room for us all to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the start of our walking club. Present today were the four founder members who went on the clubs first walk to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, They were Gillian Souter, Jennifer Paterson, Jean Marzella and Margaret Lachlan, each member was presented with a bottle of Bubbly.
Our outgoing route convener and chairman Bob and his wife Myra also received a presentation for 10years service to the club. A great days walking, plus a lovely meal, and a lovely celebration to finish the day.
Good luck to the club and all it's members, here's hoping it will continue for another 10 years.
Thanks to everyone for their company today and for making the day and the club such a success.

 
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