1685626870 New cycling film highlights the beauty of South Ayrshire | phillipspacc

New cycling film highlights the beauty of South Ayrshire

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A new film highlights the beauty of South Ayrshire and the efforts of a volunteer community group to breathe new life into a disused railway line from Ayr to Girvan.

Edinburgh-based filmmaker and author Markus Stitz has teamed up with Scottish composers Lisa Busby and John Harries to make, The Culzean Waywhich highlights the South Ayrshire countryside and the efforts of a volunteer community group to renovate the disused Maidens and Dunure Light Railway from Ayr to Girvan.

The film was commissioned by South Ayrshire Pathways Initiative (SAPI), a volunteer community group dedicated to developing and promoting a network of safe and attractive walking and biking trails and routes in the region.

It is the first step towards raising funds for the development of a safe, attractive and traffic-free path for pedestrians and cyclists linking the towns of Ayr and Girvan and to promote community health and enhance tourism.

Markus said: “Giving this disused coastal rail route a new lease of life would create one of the most scenic cycle routes in the world in my opinion.

« I didn’t know much about South Ayrshire before working on this project, but spending five days in this beautiful part of Scotland inspired me to not only produce this film, but also give South Ayrshire the ‘top spot’ in my latest book Bikepacking. Scotland. »

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What is the Culzean Trail?

Culzean Way will be built on the disused Maidens and Dunure Light Railway track bed. will coexist with Ayrshire Coastal Pathlinking and sharing sections where appropriate.

Although there are many opportunities to get outdoors and walk and bike in the area, the route will address the barriers and safety concerns that currently exist.

The South Ayrshire Paths Initiative is working with the local council, highways department, community councils and organizations such as Sustrans, Paths for All and Cycling Scotland to carry out the project, which will be rolled out in stages over the next few years.

A small existing section of cycle path on the old railway runs through Alloway, best known as the birthplace of Robert (Rabbie) Burns, Scotland’s greatest poet. It also provides the setting for his poem Tam o’ Shanter.

Another important landmark on the proposed route is Culzean Castle. Perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, the castle was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and once also decorated the reverse of a £5 note issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The small coastal town of Dunure, on the route, was a filming location for Outlander.

Along the route there are some great views towards Ailsa Craig, the island that has long been the site of quarrying for boulders and, in summer, is home to 40,000 gannets.

Bill McKinlay, Secretary of the South Ayrshire Paths Initiative, said: « For many years I have watched the curves of this old railway line that runs along the South Ayrshire coast, with magnificent views of Arran, Ailsa Craig, Kintyre and Northern Ireland as its backdrop. .

“Always seen from the car, or while riding my bike, my dream has long been to walk and bike off-road.

“Many disused rail beds have been repurposed as active travel routes and this would rival any for location and scenery.

“It will be an excellent facility for the people who live in the area and a great help for tourism. We are finally getting close, with funds available, a political will to make it happen, and now this wonderful film by Markus to show the concept. »

see the movie and also www.theculzeanway.org.