The perfect walk for seeing some of the historic buildings, monuments and statues of Kilmarnock, and great for kids thanks to the play park and duck pond.
Click HERE to view a map of the route
Parking available behind Salvation Army, Sturrock Street, KA1 3AH (pay & display midweek, free at weekends)
Route: Exit the car park and turn right to cross the bridge over the Kilmarnock Water on Sturrock Street. Continue straight to pass the The Palace Theatre . The footpath bends round to the right to pass the adjoining Grand Hall on London Road. Cross the road and just after Kay Park Parish Church turn left onto a quiet country lane signposted for Kilmarnock Tennis Club. The road takes you under the impressive railway viaducts. The path then opens up into lots of open green space and splits into two, both heading uphill. It doesn’t matter which you take as they both come out at the same place which is beside the Burns Monument Centre at the top of the hill. Take some time to enjoy the Kay Park before exiting onto DeWalden Terrace. Continue straight to pass Ayrshire College Kilmarnock Campus, then cross London Road, turning right (note the impressive Dick Institute ahead). At a fork keep left to walk uphill on Braeside Street. It bends to the left and then passes the lovely red sandstone Kilmarnock Academy building. Conveniently, a path leads steeply downhill from here right to the Salvation Army car park, completing the loop!
WALK REPORT: 3rd January 2016
Only two days since our last walk and I was delighted that daddy decided to come along with us today! The weather wasn’t amazing but it was dry so no excuses. Thomas had a bigger size of wellies on today and fared much better, only needing carried the final few minutes so we have solved that problem!