Irvine to Deans Castle Kilmarnock

Irvine to Kilmarnock via national cycle route No 73.

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Route is approximately 10 miles long and takes you from Irvine out along the banks River Irvine into the Scottish Countryside to Dreghorn where you join the National Cycle Route N0 73 . Which is an old railway path which takes you into Kilmarnock

Starting from The Tourist Information Centre on New Street in Irvine cycle along New Street towards the roundabout junction with Fullerton Roundabout. When you reach the roundabout go straight across the roundabout , across the grassed area which will take you to the river bank after just a few yards.

When you reach the river bank cycle to you right along the banks of The River Irvine and cross over the first bridge you come to so you are cycling along the north bank of the river.

After approx. half a mile you come to a split in the river. You follow the river around the bend do not cross over the bridge which immediately after the bend. Follow the river bank as it twists and turns along its course and you pass under several bridges along the way.

After cycling for about two and a half mile you will arrive at Annick Valley Park, near to Dreghorn. It is at Annick Valley Park that you will see a small bridge on your right crossing the river in front of you. As you come to bridge (on your right) you turn left following the old railway line path. National Cycle Route No73 to Dreghorn railway station (disused).

You now continue along Route 73 which takes you past Sprinside,Crosshouse Station at Knockentiber and onto Kilmarnock.
When you reach Kilmarnock by the railway station turn left onto Portland Street which will take along onto Dean Street and the end of your ride at Dean Castle Park. ‘Dean’ meaning wooded valley. Originally called Kilmarnock Castle but changed its name about 1700.

On this ride you should not have any trouble finding places for refreshments along the route as for most of the way you are near some sort of town or village. With following the river bank and then the old railway route you should not find this route difficult as it will be mostly flat and mainly tarmac surface.

 

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