Monday, 28 October 2019

Autumnal Afternoon Walk in the Village of Dunlop, East Ayrshire

It's not easy writing a travel blog, especially when you're also trying to manage a lifestyle blog, build an ASMR channel, study for a degree, write books and also live life. So, I have decided to make Broken Heels a vlog, which will be embedded onto this site. I'm going to film my daily walks and upload them to YouTube, then embed each post on my Broken Heels blog, just saying a little bit about each video.

Here is the caption from YouTube:

Join me for an autumn afternoon walk in the East Ayrshire village of Dunlop. We start our short walk at the train station where you’ll see the signs in English and in Gaelic. From there we travel through Newmill Road, enjoying the beautiful autumn scenery and crunching through fallen leaves. We’ll pass Struthers Farmhouse and a few houses decorated for Halloween and walk out toward The Wee Glen. This gorgeous woodland is carpeted with crisp golden leaves and the trees are covered in moss and fungi. I just wish you could smell it too! We’ll then climb the “fairy steps” back up to the public road and back into the early afternoon sunshine.
This video is the first of a new series of posts showcasing walks in and around the west of Scotland. It’s so beautiful here and the Scottish weather is particularly nice at the moment. So, whenever I take a walk, I’ll be switching on my camera and filming it for you so you can keep me company! While not strictly speaking an ASMR video, it is quite soothing to listen to the birdsong in the video and hear the rhythm of the footsteps.
Filmed on Monday 28th October 2019 using the iPhone XR. No external mic today, just the iPhone mic. Any questions please let me know in the comments below.

I decided to start with Dunlop because it's so beautiful. It's only 20 minutes by train from Glasgow and less than 15 minutes by train from Kilmarnock. It's also close to Irvine and Paisley although there aren't any direct public transport links from to either town from Dunlop, so you either have to get two or three buses/trains or drive.

Dunlopians are fiercely proud of their village and most will take any opportunity to talk about it, often bragging about the TV shows and movies that have recently been filmed there. One featured David Tennant in a starring role. There's also a few famous people who have lived in Dunlop, namely Gregor Fisher and the guy who invented Lo-Salt. A few years ago, the Lo-Salt guy's helicopter would regularly be seen coming and going from the village. I'm not sure if he even still lives there.

There are plenty of things to do in the village, including Scotland's first community owned pub, Merito and Struther's Farmhouse - which is a great little place to eat but they don't serve alcohol. You have to take your own. There's also a bowling club, a really pretty church and if you want to know anything at all about the village, there's a newsagent who has all the info you need. He's situated right across from Merito, in the centre of the village. There's a community cinema too, which shows fairly recent movies.

Tomorrow, I'm heading out to the beach for a walk at sunset. Perhaps Irvine. Maybe Troon? I'm not sure yet. I'll upload the video when I'm done and hopefully tomorrow I'll remember to film it in landscape mode rather than portrait. *facepalm*

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