Visit to Hampden Park

  On 31 May 2019, the Club visited Hampden Park. Ayr member, John Dunlop, was Director of Policy and Administration at the SFA a few years ago, and was able to organise an excellent tour of all the facilities. Our guide, Bruce, gave us lots of information on the development of Hampden and showed us the dressing ... More

10 Years of the IAT

Last week we welcomed a group of Americans and Canadians who were in Scotland to mark the 10th anniversary of the first International Appalachian Trail (IAT) visit to the UK and Ireland. It was almost 10 years to the day that an IAT delegation from Maine and Newfoundland, Labrador, travelled to Scotland to hold explorat... More

Important meeting at Turnberry – 19 May 2019

Thanks to the strenuous efforts of Ayr Rotarian John Ewing, he and a few fellow members were able to meet a Rotary VIP from the US: Robb Knuepfer is a Rotary International Director and past-president of Rotary Club No 1, Chicago, Illinois. This was where Rotary was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris, a successful city ... More

Round-Britain Walkers meet on Ayrshire Coastal Path

An unusual coincidence happened last week on the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Two couples who, independently, are walking the entire British coastline (3861 miles over 9 months!) in opposite directions, accidently bumped into each other on a section of the path between Ayr and Dunure. Martin Shipley (frequently accompanied by ... More

Whiteleys Retreat – 23 April 2019

Most of the club members were already aware of the history of the former CLIC Sargent House in Prestwick. When it closed in 2016 a small group of volunteers set out to ensure that there would continue to be a much-needed respite facility for children and young people with cancer and life altering illness in Ayrshire. A new ... More

Catherine Mills on Van Gogh – 2 April 2019

Catherine Mills is a distant relative of Vincent Van Gogh and entertained the members with her knowledge of the artist. Using PowerPoint slides she brought home the wealth and prolific range of his drawings, illustrations and paintings. Being a troubled young man, from a middle class Dutch background, he had attempted to ... More

13th Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Clean

  What a magnificent turnout and performance at the recent Big Rotary Beach Clean, coordinated by Ayr Rotary Club with support from the other clubs of Troon, Prestwick, Alloway and Girvan. This was the biggest one ever and included for the first time the beaches at South Harbour, Ayr and at Curragh, north of ... More

Dobbies Open Morning Saturday 8th March

Our popular annual exhibition event took place in the conservatory at Dobbies Garden Centre on Saturday morning. After a slowish start, interested folk began to drift in and there was quite a buzz through the core mid-morning period. The final visitor headcount was down on previous years which was attributed to the poor ... More

South Korean Impressions – Hazel McCully – 5 March 2019

Our own Hazel McCully delivered an expertly compiled (by her husband!) illustrated presentation on her experience of a spell living in Seoul in South Korea. In her inimitable style Hazel had her audience fascinated and amused in equal measure. Hazel is amazingly well travelled and is extremely adaptable to different ... More

RIP Willie Watters 1935 – 2019

  We are all saddened by the passing of long-time Ayr Rotarian, Willie Watters, who died recently at the age of 83. Willie was admired and liked by everyone, as the tributes from his many friends attest.   A keen, life-long walker and founder member of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, following his ... More