Stewarton to Dunlop

A lovely peaceful walk between the two villages of Stewarton and Dunlop. After a short section through Lainshaw Woods the remainder of the walk uses quiet single track roads before an optional de-tour through the Millennium Woodland Nature Park in Dunlop. There are a few hills on this route, the reward being stunning views across to the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and north to Ben Lomond if it is a clear day!

Technical sheet
No. 23264787
A East Ayrshire walk posted on 23/06/22 by Gillian's Walks. Update : 27/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 11.69km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 86m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 61m
Highest point Highest point : 140m
Lowest point Lowest point : 66m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : East Ayrshire
Starting point Starting point : N 55.682099° / W 4.517205°
Ending point Ending point : N 55.712406° / W 4.531662°
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Dunlop Kirk Kilwinning Road Lainshaw Woods, Stewarton

Description

(D) Exit Stewarton Train Station onto Rigg Street, turn right (South East) to walk along Rigg Street to the crossroads.

(1) Turn right (South West) onto Lainshaw Street then right (North West) at the mini roundabout.

(2) Walk beneath the railway bridge on Standalane then turn left (South West), passing Lainshaw Primary School. Stewarton War Memorial will be on your right-hand side.

(3) Continue along Kilwinning Road for a little over 1km at which point you have the option to continue along the road or use the earth footpath through Lainshaw Woods instead for the next 700m. Look for a gate on your left which takes you into the woods. This woodland path runs parallel to Kilwinning Road - where the path takes a sharp left turn, you should turn right (North East) to return to the road.

(4) Continue on Kilwinning Road for a further 2.5km, turning sharp right (North East) at Crossgates farmhouse. This single track road continues for around 5.6km towards Dunlop.

(5) About a third of the way along it you will reach a crossroads with the B778/Standalane where you go straight on (North).

(6) 3km further up, you will see a sign for Templehouse Woodland on your right. You can either stay on the road here or take a de-tour to explore the small woodland first. If going through the woods turn right (South East) where you see the sign and you will notice a gate on your left giving you access to the footpath. The woods are not big so you can follow any paths you fancy and either return to this gate to resume the walk or exit the woodland via a gate at its north end, beside the picnic area. Both options will take you back onto the single track road.

(7) Continue (North East) along the road, passing Dunlop Kirk.

At the end of the road turn right (East) onto Main Street/B706.

(8) You will pass Dunlop Post Office and Idle Hands Bakery, then reach a traffic light junction.

Turn left (North East) to stay on Main Street.

Go straight ahead at the roundabout onto Newmill Road. Dunlop Train Station is beneath the bridge. Whether you cross it or not will depend on which platform you need to go to for home! (A)

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 107m - Stewarton Train Station
1 : km 0.43 - alt. 98m - Mini roundabout
2 : km 0.6 - alt. 103m - War memorial and Primary School
3 : km 1.71 - alt. 100m - Gated entrance to Lainshaw Woods
4 : km 5.09 - alt. 77m - Crossgates farmhouse
5 : km 7.45 - alt. 83m - Crossroads
6 : km 10.5 - alt. 134m - Templehouse Woodland
7 : km 11.1 - alt. 121m - Dunlop Kirk
8 : km 11.5 - alt. 134m - Traffic light junction
A : km 11.69 - alt. 137m - Dunlop Train Station

Useful Information

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Terrain
Quiet country roads, with the second half of the walk uphill all the way to Dunlop. Unsurfaced footpaths in Lainshaw Woods and the Millenium Woodland, often boggy (both can be avoided by staying on the road). Roadside pavements once in Dunlop.

Transport
There is a train station at both ends making this the obvious transport option. There are also car parks at both stations and a bus service between Stewarton and Dunlop.

Amenities
There are restaurants, cafes and shops in Stewarton and in Dunlop you will find Struther Farmhouse cafe and Idle Hands Bakery.

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

  • Stewarton war memorial
  • Lainshaw Woods - looked after by volunteers of the Stewarton Woodlands Action Trust
  • Millennium Woodland Nature Park, Dunlop - woodland paths, picnic area, pond with small waterfall
  • Dunlop Kirk - visit the Hans Hamilton tomb
  • Dunlop Main Street - Deadwater Fell film location

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