Irvine to Kilmarnock via Cycle Track

This easy linear walk starts in Milgarholm Park, Irvine and ends on Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock. Since it is a cycle track it is great for buggies.

Technical sheet
No. 23383239
A North Ayshire walk posted on 27/06/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 28/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 11.53km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 48m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 4m
Highest point Highest point : 54m
Lowest point Lowest point : 6m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : North Ayshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.607883° / W 4.658738°
Ending point Ending point : N 55.616051° / W 4.511559°
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Millennium Milepost at Knockentiber NCN73 between Irvine and Kilmarnock


(D) Start from the small parking area at the entrance to Milgarholm Park, just off A71 in Irvine.

From the far end (furthest from main road) of the car park turn left (East) onto a footpath.

This very soon leads onto another footpath where you again turn left (East).

(1) At a crossroads before you reach the bridge over the Annick Water, turn right (South). This leads down to the riverside and onto the NCN73 cycle track.

Turn left (North East) on the NCN73. The river should be on your right-hand side.

(2) The route takes you across B7081/Annick Road via a pedestrian crossing, then past a hotel, sticking close to the river's edge for approx 2km.

(3) As you approach Greenwood Academy there are several paths tempting you left or right but continue straight on (East) to stay on the NCN73 route to cross the Annick Water and walk through Annick Park.

At the East end of Annick Park, cross Station Brae in Dreghorn, picking up the continuation of the cycle path ahead.

(4) The path crosses the Annick Water again, then zigzags through beautiful open countryside for 500m.

(5) When you reach a minor road, turn left (North).

(6) 140m along the road keep right at a fork to reach Towerlands Road.

(7) Cross over Towerlands Road then turn right (East) along the side of the road and round the outside of the roundabout on the cycle path.

(8) 1km along from the roundabout you will reach the village of Springside. Cross the Overtoun Road to reach the next stage of the cycle path on the other side.

From this point simply follow the cycle path for 5.5km until you emerge onto Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock, next to the Recycling Centre (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 10m - Milgarholm Park, just off A71, Irvine
1 : km 0.12 - alt. 7m - Crossroads leading to Annick Water and NCN73
2 : km 1.25 - alt. 9m - Hotel
3 : km 2.71 - alt. 15m - Greenwood Academy
4 : km 4.25 - alt. 14m - Bridge over Annick Water
5 : km 4.75 - alt. 24m - Minor road
6 : km 4.89 - alt. 15m - Fork
7 : km 5.13 - alt. 17m - Roundabout
8 : km 6.13 - alt. 27m - Springside
A : km 11.53 - alt. 54m - Munro Avenue, Kilmarnock

Useful Information

For more information and a walk review visit Gillian's Walks

The walk can be extended by starting/finishing in Irvine town centre or Kilmarnock town centre. A good option if hoping to use public transport to complete the walk as both towns have bus and train stations (adds 3km to the total walk distance).


  • 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
  • Kilmarnock Train Station is 1.3km from Munro Avenue
  • There are bus services between Irvine and Kilmarnock (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)

Surfaced paths the whole way. Level ground with only a couple of short hills.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

  • Milgarholm Park, Irvine - playing field, ponds, riverside paths
  • NCN73 cycle path - goes between Kilmarnock and Ardrossan and in Irvine connects with the 547 mile-long NCN7 route between Sunderland in NE England, via Glasgow to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Annick Water
  • Annick Park
  • Springside village - shop
  • Knockentiber village
  • Kilmarnock & Irvine town centres - near by

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