Back­stage at the Gai­ety

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr -

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14, Ayr and Dis­trict Ram­bling Club will of­fer two walks.

One group will head south to climb Cairns­more of Fleet.

The nine- mile route starts at the car park near Muir­fad and climbs grad­u­ally on a good track to the main sum­mit ( 711m).

From here the walk fol­lows a broad ridge, on poor tracks and open ground, to the south sum­mit. Weather per­mit­ting, there will be fine views over much of south­ern Gal­loway and across the Sol­way Firth.

There is a fairly steep de­scent on rough ground over the Knee of Cairns­more to a track that leads back to the start. For de­tails, con­tact Del Orr on 01292 739331.

The al­ter­na­tive is a very scenic cir­cu­lar seven- mile walk start­ing from the walk­ers’ car park in Straiton vil­lage and fol­low­ing part of the Church Walk be­fore join­ing a paved road go­ing past Blairquhan Cas­tle.

The route then fol­lows the Wa­ter of Gir­van be­fore cross­ing over the river and start­ing a gen­tle climb onto Sclen­teuch Moor and fi­nally re­turn­ing to Straiton.

The moor part of the walk has some soft ground con­di­tions, so walk­ers should be pre­pared. For de­tails, con­tact Mat­tie Tem­ple­ton on 01292 570529.

For both walks, please meet at the Mill­brae car park in Ayr at 8.50am. The Gai­ety Theatre in Ayr is hold­ing a tour of the his­toric venue this week.

Find out about the his­tory and hear tales from one of Scot­land’s old­est the­atres at 7pm on tonight ( Wed­nes­day).

Ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing on stage and gain ac­cess to ar­eas that are not usu­ally seen by the pub­lic, in­clud­ing back­stage and the dress­ing rooms.

Tick­ets are lim­ited, so be sure to book as soon as pos­si­ble to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

This tour is wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble for most ar­eas.

For more info call The Gai­ety on 01292 288235).

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