I’ve had several guests this year who have been walking the Ayrshire Coastal Path and I’ve always offered pick-up and collection as Balkissock Lodge B&B is three miles from the route.
Following a discussion with our latest walkers I thought that I’d write this post with a few helpful tips for anyone following in their footsteps!
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, I dropped the guests off at the start of the route at Glenapp Kirk with full flasks, bottled water, fresh fruit and my copy of The Ayrshire Coastal Path Official Guide Book.
The first part of the route to Ballantrae is relatively short in distance but challenging due to the terrain and there’s currently a diversion due to some engineering works. There are no shops on this part of the walk so be prepared to carry lunch/refreshments with you.
I collected the guys later in the day and they stayed here for a second night before continuing their walk the following morning, leaving their car here at the Lodge. I do a selection of platters or the pub in the village serve meals until about 8pm.
The father and son were having a wonderful time together and even made time to write a beautiful comment in the guest book:
Not knowing the area prior to their visit they pre-booked another B&B to the south of Girvan but found that this made day two of their journey too short and wished that they’d booked somewhere in Girvan which would have also given them a good choice of places to eat in the evening. It’s worth remembering to pop into Scotmid in Ballantrae to stock up on any supplies as there are no shops between Ballantrae and Girvan. The guests also called in at Craigiemains Garden Centre to buy their own copy of the Guide Book.
Being several miles south of Girvan made the following day quite a long trek as they’d booked a B&B in Dunure, a beautiful little fishing village on the coast overlooking Aisle Craig, Arran and the Mull of Kintyre.
Again, please call in at the many shops in Girvan as the only shop between Girvan and Dunure on the Path is a small one at Maidens. They enjoyed their meal at the Dunure Inn.
This left a relatively short walk the following day to Ayr to catch a bus back to Ballantrae where I picked them up so that they could collect their car and after more coffee and biscuits headed off for a quick break in Edinburgh before returning home.
Cordelia @ Balkissock Lodge (c) 2015