Read a collection of stories on the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail
Trekkers can now walk from the Mull of Galloway to Mi1ngavie along the recently completed Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail.
The new path was officially opened on Saturday by television presenter and author Sally Magnusson, who unveiled a commemorative plaque in the centre of Milngavie.
The path incorporates the Mull of Galloway Trail, Ayrshire Coastal Path and Clyde Coastal Path which means that the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail runs from the Mull of Galloway 245 km to Milngavie, where is joins the West Highland Way.
Iain White, from the Rotary Club of Allander, said, "These routes have been waymarked and are maintained by the Rotary Clubs of Stranraer, Ayr, Gourock and Allander and are part of the larger International Appalation Trail Scotland, linking the south coast of Scotland to her north coast.
"We would like to thank everyone who has helped out with this venture, especially Scottish Natural Heritage, who have been very helpful in the construction of the path."
Milngavie Pipe Band junior section were on hand to provide the musical accompaniment as Sally cut the ribbon to open the new path.
She was also presented with a cheque for £1000 from the four Rotary Clubs for a charity she set up following the death of her mother from Atzheimer’s disease.
In her book, "Where Memories Go", Sally describes the effects Alzheimer's disease had on her mother and the family, as they cared for and nursed her at home.
They also discovered that music which had personal meaning for their mother had the positive effect of calming and increasing awareness.
Three years ago, Sally founded the charity Playlist for Life, which raises funds to provide sufferers with an I-pod on which music with personal meaning can be stored and played at any time.
The four Rotary Clubs presented Sally with the cheque for her charity with the promise of a matching amount when the funds raised from the sponsored walk come in.
The plaque was carried the entire length of the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail by Rotarians and friends.
The Milngavie Pipe Band then led Sally and her guests to the Milngavie Youth Centre for coffee.
The Rotary Clubs of Allander, Gourock, Stranraer and Ayr are gearing up for Saturday's official opening of the Firth o Clyde Rotary Trail with a relay along the route. Rotary members and friends are sharing the task of getting a plaque commemorating the opening from the Mull of Galloway to Milngavie, and raising money for charity at the same time.
A relay of Rotary members and friends is carrying a commemorative plaque along the length of the trail while raising money for charity.
The Trail, which will be opened by broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson in a ceremony in the centre of Milngavie on Saturday (9 May), is the culmination of many years of hard work and commitment by Rotary members and other volunteers, and provides a major new asset to the Scottish tourism industry, boosting the existing offering of paths and trails in Scotland.
The nature of the trail and it constituent parts (Mull of Galloway Trail, Ayrshire Coastal Path and Clyde Coastal Path) will also encourage everyone from families on a day out to serious walkers to take to the outdoors, and enjoy the breath-taking scenery and natural environment.
A relay of Rotary members and friends is carrying a commemorative plaque along the length of the trail while raising money for charity
Colin Robertson, a long standing member of Allander Rotary, said: "This is an achievement of which we can be justifiably proud – it's taken years of effort by many of the members of Ayr, Stranraer , Gourock and Allander, but we now have a route from the Mull of Galloway to Milngavie, linking with the West Highland Way and the Appalachian Trail. As well as being an additional tourist attraction for the area, we hope that locals will don their walking shoes and make the most of our natural heritage."
FoCRT leads to Milngavie, the start of the West Highland Way which takes the walker to Fort William where there is a connexion to the Great Glen Way and the Cape Wrath Trail. The whole is the International Appalachian Trail Scotland or IAT Scotland.
Rotary members and friends are carrying the plaque from the Mull of Galloway to Milngavie.