Cycling the Ayrshire Alps

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cyclist picThe latest issue of the Cyclist Magazine features an 8-page article on the joys of road cycling around the coast at Girvan and Turnberry, inland to Barr and into the Galloway Forest Park at Nic O Balloch. It’s a great piece, full of humour, interesting facts and super photos. You can read the full article in pdf format here

Mentioned in the article is the Ayrshire Alps, a group which aims to map and signpost all the routes in the hill roads of South Ayrshire and have created Scotland’s first Road Cycling Park. Their excellent and informative website, www.ayrshirealps.org is well worth a look. It has a piste map showing Black (difficult) routes through to Red (challenging), Blue (moderate) and Green (easy) along with villages to stop on route.

Bumper Edition of Straiton Arrow

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Arrow May-Jun 14 pp.indd

The latest edition of the village newsletter – The Straiton Arrow – is out now. You can download a pdf version by clicking here (1.6mb). There are 16 pages instead of the usual 12, and we hope you enjoy reading it.
Forthcoming events include: Straiton Agricultural Show and the equally famous Show Day Teas served in the village hall on Saturday 14th June. The day starts of early with livestock judging; Blackface sheep are the main event but there’s always a good selection of Texels and Blueface Leicesters. Other livestock include Belted Galloways, goats and dairy cattle. The show jumping is always exciting to watch and later, usually around 3pm, there is the pet show followed by the raffle where some lucky person can win a gallon of whisky!
On 6th July we have the Car Boot Sale and Cream Teas, a fundraising event for the Fun Day in August. It starts officially at 10am but many folk get here early to grab a bargain. Delicious cream teas are served in the village hall.