Ayr Burners climb to Scotland’s highest village

The Burners at Green Lowther summit.

The Burners at Green Lowther summit.

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The holiday weekend started with a cracking Easter Friday adventure for the ladies and gentlemen of the Ayr Burners Cycling group. The eight riders along with two ride leaders rolled out from the designated meeting point in Sanquhar and headed towards Wanlockhead via the Mennock Pass.

The village is famous for being Scotlands highest at 1531 feet, so after six and a half miles of ascent the cycling convoy reached the lofty heights of Wanlockhead. Next on the days menu for ‘The Burners’ was the climb of Green Lowther Hill, which averages 8% in total with some sections rearing up to an eye watering 25%. After 20 minutes of climbing the snowy summit was reached, with the radar station (locally known as the golf ball) sitting impressively atop the crest. An enjoyable re-fuel at the mining museum was taken before the bunch made their way onto the Southern Upland Way to complete the loop back to Sanquhar, taking in the stunning scenery of the Lowther Hills along the way. A satisfying total of 27 miles and almost 4000 feet of ascent was racked up during the day for the happy adventurers.

Next weekend sees the Ronde Van Ayrlaanderen, a 46 Kilometer route through South and East Ayrshire with 7 timed segments spread over the course of the ride. Full details can be found at ayrburners.org