Friday, 1 February 2019
Ayr Harbour and River Ayr Walk.
Still in the west coast seaside town of Ayr. As I had not explored Ayr on foot for at least ten years and some of it was barely remembered while other parts had changed considerably I still had a lot of exploring to do here. Above is Ayr Bus Station, hub for around 8 to 12 buses at a guess. Some of these bus stations, like Perth, are hidden away on an obscure side street, sometimes a fair old distance from the main shopping area so I always take good notice of my surroundings now to find my way back in the dark. Surprisingly easy to miss them at night- in the case of Perth. The last thing you want after a hard day's walk is a search for the bus station.
I soon found out it was the Citadel leisure centre. And it may well have been modeled after a castle or fortress as Ayr was a major garrison town during Oliver Cromwell's brutal conquest of Scotland in the mid 1600s. Where the citadel leisure centre stands today was the barracks for some of the army of occupation in the vicious wars between Scotland and England.