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Turnberry Trip Aug 2014

Date:- 24th Aug 2014

Paddlers:- Martyn, Maurice, Alan and Myself, Colin

What a pleasure Sunday turned out to be with our  trip down the Ayrshire coast.

Set out from Croy Beech, towards Turnberry for a spot of Lunch. This must be one of the best places on the Ayrshire Coast to paddle. First you've got  Culzean Castle standing on the dramatic cliff tops, built between 1777 and 1792 by Robert Adam for the Kennedy family. Culzean also has strong link's with President Eisenhower, as the top-floor apartment was presented to him for his lifetime in recognition of his role during World War II, whom apparently has stayed their 4 times.

The other easy accessible point since you're on the sea, That is, if you have time is to explore the caves under the castle, these caves have links back to the medieval period's and were also used by the smuggler trade in the 17th Century. Well worth a look if you get a chance.

Paddling on you down the coast and particularly at high tide you can paddle right into the shore line passing through some magnificent crystal clear rock gardens, which is well worth the time to go and have a look. Further on you have the small secluded beach at Glasson Rock, even at this time of year it had a few family's playing on the beach. We pressed onward's over Maidenhead Bay stopping to let a few lobster boats pass by coming out of the Maidens and then onto Turnberry were we stopped for a spot of lunch Just before the Lighthouse.


Lunch at Turnberry



Turnberry Lighthouse, What a site, Built next to the 9th hole on the famous Turnberry Golf course, 24 metres high, with 76 steps to the top and has marked the coastline in these parts since 1873. Originally commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Board to warn passing vessels away from nearby Bristo Rock, the lighthouse is the oldest man-made structure on the Turnberry premises-with the exception of the remains of the 13th-century castle of Robert the Bruce that it marks.

The lighthouse was designed by David and Thomas Stevenson, celebrated engineers and part of the same family of the even more celebrated author, Robert Louis Stevenson. The initial plan to erect the lighthouse on the Rock itself proved too dangerous so Turnberry Point was chosen as the nearest practical site on the mainland. The foundations of the lighthouse stand in what was once the moat of Turnberry Castle, thought to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274. The first light beamed across the waters on 30 August 1878, showing one flash every 12 seconds (now every 15 seconds) and, in line with every other lighthouse in the UK, was automated in 1986.