Day 113 : Girvan – Culzean Castle

I return to start my walk today bt the harbour at Girvan. The harbour itself seems quite busy with a boatyard catering for yachtsmen. I head alongside the river and I can not miss the clock tower, Auld Stumpy. It was part of the McMaster Hall which burnt down.

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I cross over the bridge and walk along the other side of the harbour passing the Coastguard building. I pass the golf Course and follow the coast northwards, sometimes on a track and sometimes on the pebbly beach.

At Dipple a big factory forces the path back to the road. This is great for me because at Dowhill I stop at a farm shop with a café and restaurant for refreshments.

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I arrive at Turnberry when the Womens Open Golf Championship, sponsored by RICOH is in progress. I manage to see some golf through the fence at the first hole. The course is owned by Donald Trump and as I pass the hotel I see his “whirly bird”, helicopter sitting outside.

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At Maidens the heavens opened up again, this time I manage to keep dry in a bus shelter where I sit and eat my lunch. I was glad I was not playing golf. By the time I finished the rain had lightened up and I continued.

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I enter Culzean Country Park which is owned by the Scottish National Trust. It is quite extensive with its woodland, aviary, gardens, coastline and cliff top castle. A top floor apartment was presented to President Eisenhower for his wartime role.

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For the last few nights I have been staying at the Camping & Caravanning Site at Culzean and after the rain of yesterday we were treated to a beautiful sunset with the sun going down over the Isle of Arran.