Ayr and Dailly

The Ayr Millennium Bridge, otherwise known as the Doonfoot Bridge, completed in 2001, spans the lowest reach of the river Doon immediately above the beach, and links the Ayr Promenade with the Greenan Shore at the southern end of Ayr town. The bridge carries the National Cycle Network over the river avoiding the busy main road at this point.

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About 25 km to the south of Ayr, there is another bridge worthy of attention. In general, it is the large bridges in this project which excite the soul and stir the imagination. By and large, the small bridges are generally rather humdrum in nature and utilitarian in design. An honourable exception is to be found in the small village of Dailly in south Ayrshire which is the site of the remarkable Dailly Community Paths and Sculptures Project. At the heart of the network is the striking bridge opened in April, 2002 (not strictly a millennium bridge, but let that pass) which reconnects the village to the north side of the river for the first time in 50 years. The delicate tracery of the balustrades and arches perfectly complements the woodland setting. The opening of the bridge is described on the Scottish Arts Council website

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