The River Ayr Walk - Ayr
The black slab on the beach at Ayr which is the western end of the River Ayr Walk.
A sign board has now been added next to the road and tells the full story of the marker
and the artist concerned, one Donald Urquhart.
It's meant to look like coal, the main product of East Ayrshire, while the corresponding
marker at the eastern end - right beside Glenbuck Loch - is made to look like sandstone, a
strong feature along the length of the path.
This view shows the marker, the start of the walk, the River Ayr and in the distance the hills
where the river rises well to the east.
It's not at all apparent but the reason the black slab is at an odd angle is because it points directly
to the other marker up at Glenbuck at the other end of the River Ayr Path just over 26 miles
away in a straight line.
78° East/258° West for those with an interest.
The construction and bridge to the left of this photo are the start of the walk.
From closer in you can see that it's made of wooden panels and seems to be
in very poor condition.
In fact, although the signboard has been added - you can see the back of it just
above the marker from this angle it seems not to have been maintained in any
way for a very long time.
Looking northwards over the harbour. All of these images were taken just on high tide.