Strollers and Striders


The Strollers and Striders group, affectionately known as the SAS, meet every Tuesday evening from mid April until September.  As the name implies this walking group is for people of all abilities who would enjoy an evening walk in various parts of this beautiful island in the company of like minded folks.  The starting point and route is planned in advance – see list below.  Tea or coffee, and biscuits are provided at the end of our exertions.  This will be in the Church Centre if we finish nearby, otherwise we have flasks and other equipment stashed in the boot of a car and enjoy fellowship wherever we are.

Getting the tea ready.Each walk lasts for 1 – 1½ hours – over paths, tracks, beaches, quiet roads and pavements. Occasionally we puff up inclines and sometimes encounter muddy patches, midgies, drizzle, downpours or even scorching sunshine. We always enjoy stunning scenery and each others company.

As the name suggests we aim to include people of all abilities and it is also possible to undertake shortened versions of the walk. The pace is leisurely (but you can walk more quickly if you wish), the distance not too far (2-4 miles on average) and the fellowship is warm and sincere.

The walks are open to all (including the four legged variety) and is not confined to church members. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes or trainers, a pound coin (which is distributed to good causes at the end of the season) and an enthusiasm to join in.

If you need to ask about anything – phone Douglas on 07478 134946.

2019 Programme  – All walks start at 7.00 pm

April 9th : Loch Fad – meet at the Church Centre.
April 16th : Port Bannatyne – meet at Port Bannatyne Park
April 23rd : Kingarth – meet at Kingarth Hotel
April 30th : Eastlands Farm – meet at Eastlands Farm

May 7th : Ettrick Bay – meet at Ettrick Bay Tearoom, walk the Tramway Path to Greenwood Crossing continue on the road past Cranslagvourity Farm and return via the foreshore to the tearoom car park.

May 14th : Kilmichael Burial Ground – meet at Glecnabae Farm, follow farm track to Kilmichael farm and then over to the burial ground returning via the same route.

May 21st : Port Bannatyne – meet at Port Bannatyne Park, walk via Garrison Road, Bogglie Road, Gortans and the Hydro Road back to the Park. 

May 28th : Scalpsie Circuit  – meet at Scalpsie Bay Car Park, take path to foreshore turning right towards Ardscalpsie Farm and return via the road to the car park.
June 4th : Dunagoil Circuit – meet at Dunagoil car park, follow the farm track to Garrochty and follow the path to the hut, along the shore towards Dunagoil Farm and back by the road.
June 11th : Dhu Loch – meet at Church Centre
June 18th : Cnocnicoll Wood and Moor Road – meet at the Church.
June 25th : Rhuboddach Forest – meet at Rhuboddach Ferry Terminal
July 2nd : Bruchag Road – meet at the Red Brick Houses

July 9th : Straad Circuit – meet at Ballianlay Hall
July 16th : Drumreoch Circuit – meet at Kingarth War Memorial
July 23rd  : Skeoch Wood – meet at the Church Centre
July 30th : Ascog & Kerrycroy – meet at Balmory Road
August 6th : Woodend House – meet at the Church Centre
August 13th : Skipper Wood – meet at the Church Centre
August 20th : Loch na Leighe  – meet at the bus turning area at Plan farm
August 27th : St Ninian’s Bay  – meet at Ballianlay Hall car park
September 3rd : Mount Stuart Gardens – meet at Mount Stuart Car Park (Visitor Centre)