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Today’s small group hike covered part of the Ayrshire Coast Path in S.W. Scotland.¬†Distance was about seven miles. The route was characterised by extensive sandy beaches. Golfing enthusiasts will be well aware of two famous golf courses: Royal Troon and Prestwick, both of which being classified as links courses with Prestwick being birthplace of the Open Championship.

Iona Abbey today is principally a spiritual retreat centred on the Iona Community which has a line of descent from the arrival of St. Columba in AD 563. Columba founded an early Irish-Christian Monastery from where Christianity was introduced into Northern Britain.

Rouken Glen is a public park in Glasgow which is highly rated and popular with locals with evidence of human activity dating back about five thousand years. However, many of the trees and vegetation growing there are not native whilst the burn (stream) providing the waterfalls does not follow its natural course owing to engineering works in the 18th and 19th centuries.