Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Ayrshire Coastal Path will bring more tourists and economic benefits
By: Murdoch MacDonald
SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL Provost Winifred Sloan, Depute Provost Ian Clarkson of North Ayrshire Council and guests have officially opened the Ayrshire Coastal Path at a ceremony (pictured below) next to the Low Green in Ayr.
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The Ayrshire Coastal Path runs from Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire to Glenapp in South Ayrshire, a total distance of just over 100 miles. The Path includes detours to the Burns National Heritage Centre and Dundonald Castle, and connects with many other walks and paths.
Provost Winifred Sloan said: “The Ayrshire Coastal Path is yet another great facility that the people of Ayrshire and visitors to the area can enjoy. While outdoors exercising in the fresh air people will be able to experience and enjoy magnificent scenery.
“The path provides an uninterrupted walk from Largs to Girvan with bridges spanning rivers along the way. There are many historical sites situated on or adjacent to the walk that can be easily accessed. Walkers who visit them will bring economic benefits to the villages and towns that they are situated in.
“I am sure that the Ayrshire Coastal Path will soon become as famous as the West Highland Way, and further raise the profile of Ayrshire. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this ambitious project, it shows what can be achieved with good teamwork.”
Immediately after the unveiling of a commemorative sign to mark the Ayrshire Coastal Path a group of Hospice supporters started off from the Low Green on a sponsored walk. The walkers were raising funds for the Ayrshire Hospice at the same time as raising the profile of the Ayrshire Coastal path. Nigel Martin OBE, Chair of the Ayrshire Hospice, was at the launch to give his support to those taking part in the sponsored walk and those who generously sponsored them.
Further information about the Ayrshire Coastal Path can be obtained by logging on to www.ayrshirecoastalpath.org
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