FAQs


We hope that our website is clear and has answered all the questions you may have about AYR Edinburgh. However, we’ve listed some of the frequently asked questions below – but if you still have a questions for us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yes, but please take any litter home with you. You are NOT permitted to have alcohol on the bus.
No. We cannot allow dogs on walks as we frequently pass through farmland and we are keen to maintain our good relationship with those who live and work in the countryside.
Individuals aged under sixteen years are not permitted on walks unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other such responsible adult.
Our subscription currently stands at £15. The subscription year begins on 1st August, but anyone joining after 1st May will not need to renew until August of the following year.
Yes, please make it payable to ‘ All Year Ramblers Club ‘.
Unfortunately we cannot provide members with an arrival time back in Edinburgh as this is affected by circumstances on the day.
Transport for all walks leaves from the centre of Edinburgh. Private buses leave from Queen Street (one block west of the National Portrait Gallery) at times ranging from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, usually once a fortnight. We have a number of regular pick-up and drop-off points on the way out of the city, depending on which direction we are heading. You can see more on our pick up points page.
Our private bus fares (like a Sunday walk) are charged at a fixed rate to all destinations (currently £12 - great value for money!)
Sensible clothing and footwear is a must. We also have a list on our 'information and advice page' with suggestions of gear considered sensible for hill-walking. The Club does not insist you follow this to the letter. But remember you are taking part in a group activity, and if you do not have enough warm and waterproof clothing with you it can affect the safety and enjoyment of the whole group.
You can check out our 'weekly walk schedule' page and all members are kept informed of walks and other events through a programme and newsletter which are issued 3 times a year (covering March to June, July to October, and November to February).
A typical length of our walks would be about 8 to 10 miles in winter and 11 to 13 miles in summer. But the walks are graded by difficulty too, so there should be something to suit every walker.
Travelling from Edinburgh, we cover an amazingly wide area of Scotland, from the Cairngorms to Galloway, and from Arran to Angus. Some walks are more local, and sometimes we venture as far as the English Lakes !
Walks are graded from ‘A’ to ‘D’ :

A typical ‘A’ walk might be 10 - 15 miles over rough county with few paths, taking in several hills with significant amounts of ascent. You may not choose an ‘A’ walk for your first outing unless you have the permission of the leader.

‘B’ walks are moderate hill walks or lower level walks in hilly areas, typically a mixture of tracks and moorland.

A typical ‘C’ walk might be 8 - 12 miles over relatively flat farmland, mostly on tracks and footpaths. It may occasionally be necessary to climb over dykes and fences where there are no gates or styles. It may also be necessary to ford small burns, or to walk in snow in the winter.

‘D’ walks are offered from time to time; these are walks of 5-7 miles at a leisurely pace, mostly on level ground along good tracks and paths, including places of interest along the route.