Walk 8 -Dean Castle Country Park via Borland, Kilmarnock – 2.3 miles

PLEASE NOTE THAT PART OF THIS ROUTE IS CLOSED UNTIL SUMMER 2017 DUE TO THE DEAN PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT 

 

A beautiful walk into Dean Castle Country Park taking in both Fenwick Water and Craufurdland Water with options to extend to visit the castle, animal park, and kids play park.

buggy friendly image  Buggy-friendly walk

parking available icon  Parking available off Glasgow Road beside Tesco store – KA3 1UT

viewranger image  Click HERE to view or follow a map of the route

route image  Route: Follow Glasgow Road along a short distance until you see a country road down to the right signposted ‘Borland’. Follow this road along the open countryside keeping right at the forks, until you reach the signs for the walled garden. Turn left here to leave the road and keep right at the fork (away from the walled garden). Follow the trail through the trees down along the river and the large animals then down to a bridge leading to the castle.  My route doesn’t go to the castle but a short detour to take a look at it is recommended as the castle and gardens are beautiful. Look out for the stone lions in the gardens – a favourite for the kids!  From the bridge take the track directly in front which follows the river and by-passes the play park, animal farm and duck pond (all well worth a visit if you have kids with you). After a gentle uphill slope, the track leads to Assloss Road. Keep left here to follow the road steeply uphill and look for a right turn onto the residential street called Forest Grove. At the end of this street, past a row of garages, a narrow path leads to Glasgow Road where you cross over to reach the car park. 

 

13th January 2016

A child-free day and a lovely crisp morning so I put on my hiking boots and set off on a one of my favourite walks through Dean Castle Country Park. It was so nice to walk at my normal pace and with no buggies to worry about. On a cold day like today you don’t want to be hanging around! What I particularly loved was how cheery everyone I passed was – each and every person took the time to smile and wish me a good morning. It took me back to my hillwalking days as a child. Why is it that people greet each other so freely when out in the countryside but the same people would walk past each other on the street??

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