Buggy friendly walk
Dog-friendly walk (some sections emerge onto busy roads so care is needed)
Small car park at Milgarholm Park, just off A71, Irvine and on-street parking available on Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock. Irvine Train Station is 1.6km from Milgarholm Park and Kilmarnock Train Station is 1.3km from Munro Avenue so extending the route to both stations adds on 3km. There are bus services between Irvine and Kilmarnock and the walk can be accessed from the bus route. Closest bus stop to start point is Riverside Hotel on Annick Road 800m away from Milgarholm Park. Closest bus stop to end point is Annanhill Avenue, Kilmarnock 500m away from Munro Avenue.
WALK REPORT: 12th July 2016
This is a route I cycled a few times years ago and has been on my 100 Walk Challenge list since the beginning. To be honest I tend to avoid cycle tracks for walks, mainly because I find them quite boring after a while: tarmac as far as the eye can see, tree-lined therefore not much of a view, fine to whizz along on a bike but less fun on two feet…. This one is surprisingly scenic, particularly the first half. We chose a sunny summer evening to do it which did help a lot! We being my friend LJ and myself – our weekly ‘after work’ walk has become tradition now as you may have noticed.
We decided to leave a car at each end, walk Irvine to Kilmarnock then pick up the car left in Irvine. It worked well however you could also do the walk in reverse if you prefer. Our starting point of choice was at Milgarholm Park which is just off A71 after Warrix Interchange (if coming from the Kilmarnock side). I had walked around this area previously and knew that it was a lovely spot. Technically the whole route is more like 10 miles if you follow the cycle track from it’s true start point at Irvine harbour. Time was against us in as much as we were starting off around 7pm so we opted for this shorter version.