Bruce Trail bound for community input

THE STORY of Robert the Bruce and his representation in Carrick and South Ayrshire will soon be shaped by the community as public workshop dates for the region’s Bruce Trail are announced.

Community sessions are to be held next month to give local people a chance to comment on some of the themes, locations and event ideas, and put forward their own suggestions for inclusion in South Ayrshire’s own Bruce Trail.

An Association of South Ayrshire Community Councils (ASACC) project, the trail will root the county’s linkages to Bruce into a network spanning from north to south, and connecting to the existing Robert the Bruce Trail in Dumfries and Galloway.

Since funding was secured for the project from South Ayrshire Council’s Community Development Fund, Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund, and Carrick Futures in September, the project has marched on apace with consultant Sarah Crome of Dumbarton-based SS Crome Associates appointed in November.

And now the time for community involvement has come around Sarah said she is hopeful the people of South Ayrshire will engage with the plans.

“This is not just something that we have created; we are hoping people will have a think about what they want to see included in the trail, and if they have their own ideas that they can bring it will be really beneficial,” she said.

ASACC chairman Peter Mason said the Bruce Trail is an opportunity for South Ayrshire’s rich Bruce heritage to be formally recognised, and for the region’s people to tap into their cultural identity.

“It is great that we have got that connection,” he said. “This is one of the most exciting projects, and is a plus to the tourism project currently underway.

“If you are interested in local history and want to know more about what happened in your local area come along and find out about the true story of Bruce.”

The first community workshop will take place at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, on Tuesday February 19 from 2-6pm; while Girvan’s McKechnie Institute on Dalrymple Street will host the second on February 20 from 1.30–7pm.

For further information or to get involved, contact Ailsa Horizons’ Julia Whitaker on 01465 710628, or your local community council.