Walk 15 – Galston Countryside Walk – 2.3 miles

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View down into Galston from the country roads which sit high behind it

This is a really nice walk out into the countryside behind Galston and on a clear day you will be rewarded with beautiful views across to the Isle of Arran and down onto Galston village. Surfaced roads all the way makes it ideal for the buggy. The walk passes Barr Castle, the head office of Grants Haggis and Galston cemetery. It also follows Burn Anne for a short distance. Option to extend the walk by 1km /0.6 miles to return along the river – see route description for details.

buggy friendly image  Buggy friendly

  Parking available at Tesco Galston or on-street on Barmill Road. Local bus service stops on Polwarth Street outside the Tesco store.

route image  Route: Starting on Barmill Road, turn left onto Polwarth Street. This soon becomes Wallace Street and you will approach Barr Castle. Continue straight onto Barr Street then left onto Cemetery Road. This follows Burn Anne all the way along to a crossroads with B7037/Cessnock Road. Cross over onto Clockston Road. At the top of the hill turn left and follow the road downhill and back into Galston. Keep left at the forks on Maxwood Road [or to extend the route by 1km / 0.6 miles, turn right at the bottom of Maxwood Rd, down a track to the River Irvine. Turn left to walk along the river to the running track. Cross the running track onto Barmill Rd where you started] and at a crossroads turn right back onto Barmill Road where you started. 


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WALK REPORT: 23rd February 2016

“If the weather picks up do you fancy coming to Galston a wee country walk?” came the Whatsapp message one morning…. Hell yes!! What better than a local resident to be your personal tour guide for the afternoon!

So off we set, my good friend Carolyn, myself, Nathan, Thomas and ‘baby Thomas’ as we fondly call Carolyn’s 8 month old little smiler. And 2 buggies :-)

As it was going to be quite a short walk and Nathan tends to be a good walker I thought he would manage it no bother but as it turned out I must have caught him on a sleepy afternoon as before long he was hitching a ride on the back of the buggy, which Thomas had fallen fast asleep in only 15 minutes into the walk. So it turned out to be a good workout for mummy especially as there are a few hills on this route!

And another lesson learned – if you want a 4 year old to enjoy the walk make sure there is a park along the route or at the very least the promise of a snack at some point. And buy a buggy board!

I spotted a couple of other walking routes I want to try including Galston-Newmilns and and old railway track from Hurlford to Galston (which I spotted during the car journey home). So look out for those in a later post! [Update: these are now live!]

Barr Castle
Up, up and up we go…. (But what goes up must come down!)

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