New trail on track for success

Trekkers can now walk from the Mull of Galloway to Milngavie 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, Ayr Coastal Path and Clyde Coastal Path which means the Firth O’ Clyde Rotary Trail runs from the Mull of Galloway 245 km to Milngavie, where it joins the West Highland Way.

Iain White, from The Allander Rotary Club, 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 Appalachian Trail Scotland, linking the south of Scotland to her north coast.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped out with this venture, especially Scottish National 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 £1,000 from the four Rotary Clubs for a charity she set up following the death of her mother from Alzheimer’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 effects 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 a 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 guests to the Milngavie Youth Centre for coffee.