May 14th: Kilmaurs Loop

The month of May sees us visit East Ayrshire for a loop around Kilmaurs. It is an easy 7 mile walk on quiet country roads, passing
through a gentle agricultural landscape. The walk has some interesting places including Chapeltoun House. The house was designed for Hugh Neilson, the owner of Summerlee Iron Company in Coatbridge. The walk also passes Watermeetings Bridge.
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Starting Point for the Walk:

The car park near Weston Tavern (Fenwick Road) – OS Reference NS 410 412.  Parking is free.

Getting there: 23 miles/35 minutes

Take your favourite route to the M77 (Kilmarnock).  Exit M77 at Junction 7 (Kilmaurs [B751]).  At the exit roundabout turn right and go under the M77 and turn left to join the A77.  At the next roundabout turn right towards Kilmaurs (B751 – Kilmaurs Road).  Continue on this road and enter Kilmaurs.  Just after the 20 mph limit sign turn left into the car park which is just down the road from the Weston Tavern which is visible from the car park.  Street parking is also available.

Trains run regularly from Glasgow Central to Kilmaurs.  Journey time is between 33-49 minutes.

The Walk:  Kilmaurs Loop – 7 miles (11 km)

This an easy walk along quiet country roads behind Kilmaurs.  It passes the Annick Water, alongside the Glazert Burn, and cross the local beauty spot known as the Watermeetings.  There are several lovely cottages (and mansions!) to admire, including those around the Chapeltoun Estate area.  The route crosses the East Ayrshire / North Ayrshire boundary 4 times!

From the car park, return to the Fenwick Road and turn left.  At the junction turn right into Main Street and continue until a road on the left called Standalane is reached.  Continue along Standalane for 1.7 miles to reach the B769 and cross this road continuing straight ahead.  After another mile (and passing through Chapeltoun), reach a T-junction and turn left onto Kilwinning Road.   After 0.6 miles look out for a left turn (it can easily be mistaken for a road leading to some farmhouses).  This quiet single-track road follows the course of Glazert Burn until it flows into the Annick Water at the Watermeetings Bridges.   It then emerges at the B769 again.  Continue straight ahead.  At High Langmuir Farm turn right and when it reaches the Irvine Road turn left and continue for about half a mile to arrive back at Main Street, Kilmaurs.  Then turn left and first right back to Fenwick Road and the car park.

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