Try Skating and get Scotland rolling

Lets go Rollerblading at Ayr Esplanade

This is where we stroll up and down Ayr Esplanade and also around a bit of the town if we feel like it on the day.

Ayre Esplanade
View a map of Ayr Esplanade on Google Maps

The town of Ayr is skater friendly, mainly flat, with the occasional hill. While it is possible to skate round the whole town (some rough surfaces) we mainly keep to the Esplanade and surrounding area which is very easily accessed from this car park at Seafield Road where we meet.

This is an opportunity to promote inline skating to Ayr citizens who probably have long forgotten that rollerblading is a fun way for adults to keep fit and healthy.

If any freestyle skaters come along we can set up a cone demo which is bound to attract a bit of attention.

Before travelling always weather check the "lets go skating 2009" page of the TrySkating website to make sure the event hasn't been cancelled. If in doubt on the day call/text 07733 276 902.

KCOS

You will also have an opportunity to see the the kites flown by KCOS.(Kite Club of Scotland). They are flying in Ayr on the same day. Click the pic and preview of some ot their kites.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much will the skate day cost? The skate is FREE the only charge is for hiring skates. (see below)
  • Can all skaters take part? Yes, with the exception of "First Time" Beginners. If you have no previous experience of skating take lessons first. Some stopping ability is necessary on the undulating parts of the route.
  • Will it matter if I arrive late? Not at all come when you like. You'll catch up with other skaters at some stage. Arrive 12 noon for a 12.30pm start.
  • How long is the skate going to last? As long as you want. Make your own time depending on how you feel.
  • Can I hire skates? Yes you can but you need to order skates at least two days before the event. 07733 276 902 is the number to call. Special Event charge of 5 includes safety pads but not a helmet.
  • Do I need to wear a helmet? Falls do occur. Safety pads and a helmet are recommended. You skate without them at your own risk. Not got a helmet? Buy a skate helmet on the day.
  • Can "Quads" come along? Yes of course. Roller Skaters are most welcome to join Inline Skaters on any of the Great Skate Days Out.
  • Travelling by train/bus? The station is in the centre of town. Check timetable for Sunday schedules. It is very easy to skate from the bus terminal to the Esplanade. Only do this if you're competent at stopping.
  • Travelling by car? Watch out for 50mph average speed cameras on the A77 when you approach Symington.
  • I'm not coming by car is there anywhere to leave my backpack? Yes, you can leave your backpack/shoes/etc., in Don's van while you skate don't forget to collect your belongings before you leave for home otherwise you will have to pick them up at Glasgow!
  • I'm coming alone can I get help on the day?This is not a skate lesson but Don Morton will be there to give help and advice with any (skate) problems on the day.
  • Any facilities nearby? Yes, toilet facilities at the car park and a shop selling drinks.
  • What if it is raining? We don't skate in the rain. If it is one of those Scottish weather days that looks as if it might/might not rain and you are not sure whether to travel call 07733 276 902 before setting out. If it is a definite cancel it will be posted at "lets go skating 2009" on Sunday morning.

Did we forget something? (we usually do)

  • Got a question we haven't thought about?
  • Need some more help or advice?
  • Then please don't hesitate to ask
  • Email morton.don@gmail.com
  • Text or call 07733 276 902

We share the Esplanade

We are skating on a seaside Esplanade. Pedestrians/Children are apprehensive when they see a group of skaters approaching please make sure you slow down and pass leaving as much room as possible. We want skaters to be recognised by the public for their consideration to other path users.

Animals, particularly dogs roam the Esplanade because owners take this opportunity to let their dogs off the leash. Dogs are easily startled if it is the first time they have encountered skaters. Apparently animal owners consider it the responsibility of the skater to pass in an appropriate manner. While this is a moot point we accept the constraint for the good of the sport.

Finally

Please don't upset the locals even if they annoy you, remember they live there and we want to be welcomed back in the future. Respect the seaside and please make sure you do not leave any litter lying about.

Remember skating is a balancing activity. You skate at your own risk. Wear your safety pads and a helmet at all times, you have a duty of care to yourself as well as to others.