Walk 24 – Riccarton Mill, Kilmarnock – 1 mile

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A short, pleasant 1 mile loop along the River Irvine to Riccarton Mill Cottages and back using roadside pavements.

buggy friendly image  Buggy-friendly walk (uneven ground & can be muddy)

Print  Dog-friendly walk

  Parking available for 2 cars on Riccarton Road / A71 opposite the cemetery. Local bus service stops on Riccarton Road.

route image Route: You will find the start of the walk just off Riccarton Road, opposite the cemetery: look out for a gate leading to a well used farm track through the trees. Very soon you will find yourself walking along the banks of the River Irvine. Just continue to follow the river along and you will come to Riccarton Mill Cottages. From here the track becomes a country road and leads you uphill and back out onto Riccarton Road where you turn right to return to the parking area. 

Riccarton Mill

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WALK REVIEW: 22nd March 2016

I was looking for a short walk to do today in between nursery drop off and pick up and this one turned out to be ideal!  I actually started on the other side of the river on a track I have been curious about for a few weeks now, having spotted it whilst driving up the slip road from A77 to Bellfield Interchange. It turns out to be a dead end, leading to a cottage only a short distance along. This is the risk I sometimes take when exploring new places! However whilst there I could see a large farm track on the opposite bank of the river which seemed to go out towards the railway viaduct so I decided to check it out. So glad I did because what I found was a short, pleasant 1 mile loop I can return to again and again.

Looking back down to Riccarton Mill Cottages – I had no idea I was going to stumble across these and it wasn’t until I got home and looked them up that I found out they had a name. Who knew they existed, or indeed that there used to be a mill in Riccarton?! A lovely little spot.

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