Walk 189 – Kilmaurs Town Trail – 1.6 miles

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A delightful short walk taking in some of Kilmaurs' best bits, including Morton Park and the war memorial, St Maurs-Glencairn Parish Church, the remains of "Penny Bridge" and the impressive toolbooth known as the Jougs. It is actually much more of a countryside trail than its name suggests, including several field crossings. Wellies sometimes advisable!

There is a train station in Kilmaurs 0.3 miles from the walk start point. There are also local bus services which stop on Main Street. There is a small public car park next to the tolbooth, just off Main Street and a larger one behind the Weston Tavern on Fenwick Road.


Town Trail: the name suggested to me that it was a fairly urban tour of the village, maybe some historical landmarks and some plaques to read. Not particularly my cup of tea… and having been in Kilmaurs countless times in my life I was pretty sure I had seen all there was to see. So when I set off and immediately found myself in an area of open parkland with a small burn and lovely stone bridges, I was completely taken aback. How had I not known about this?! I came to realise that I was in Morton Park. The steps to the war memorial, perched on higher ground, afforded very pleasant views of the surrounding village, including the old Glencairn Church from an angle I’d never seen before. Wow!

After a bimble around the St Maurs/Glencairn churchyard, I was again surprised to realise that the next section of the trail was through a kissing gate and onto a grassy field with cows in it. At first unsure of how the cattle would react to our appearance, my friend & I considered calling it a day and heading back the way we had come. A moment of bravery overcame us and off we trotted, cautiously over to the next gate. Onwards…. a reeeealllly old bridge! (later I realised it is the remains of the infamous Penny Bridge, which I had heard mentioned many times by the locals). After passing through several fields, we emerged at an underpass and out onto Crosshouse Rd, next to some beautifully painted gates belonging to the Kilmaurs Primary ‘Jubilee Wood’. I am told that after a bout of sustained rainfall, this underpass becomes extremely muddy (requiring wellies). You have been warned!

From here it was a very simple walk along the (narrow) roadside pavement back into Kilmaurs. Overall, a really pleasant short walk. Varied, interesting and full of surprises!

“Midge Lane”
Kilmaurs War Memorial
View across Morton Park towards Old Glencairn Church
Stonework & stained glass of St Maurs/Glencairn Church
Onwards across the field!
The gate through to Kilmaurs Primary ‘Jubilee Wood’

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