This 7 mile route starts in Milgarholm Park, Irvine and ends on Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock. Since it is a cycle track is is great for buggies. Note the one-way nature of this route meaning transport back to the start will be required if you don’t wish to walk double 🙂
Buggy friendly walk
Dog-friendly walk (some sections emerge onto busy roads so care is needed)
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Car parking available in Milgarholm Park, just off A71, Irvine
Route: The parking area is just off A71, at the entrance to Milgarholm Park. From the far end of the car park turn left and follow the footpath, looking out for another track to the right shortly before reaching the bridge over the Annick Water. This leads down to the riverside and onto the cycle track. Turn left here. The route takes you across B7081/Annick Road, past the Hallmark Hotel, before swinging round to the right. As you approach Greenwood Academy there are several paths tempting you left or right but continue straight on to stay on the National Cycle Network 73 route. You will cross the Annick Water, then Station Brae in Dreghorn. As you approach Springside the path zigzags a few times before crossing over Townlands Road. Turn right here and then it is simply a case of following the track until you emerge onto Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock.
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 Warix 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.