Strathaven to Muirkirk

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Strathaven to Muirkirk

Postby Hawkeye » Sat May 05, 2007 6:59 pm

I heard about the circuit at Kames at the last Pub Meet, so when I woke up early this morning, I thought I'd go for a look.

It was about 7.30am and cloudy when I left, but as I passed through Strathaven, the sun broke through and things were looking better. Then I came across the road from Strathaven to Kames and I couldn't believe it.

You would almost have thought someone had deliberately designed it to be an incredible drive. It's got everything in the right place - tight second gear s-bends, open sweepers, long straights, narrow bridges, sections where you can see the road snaking away for about half a mile and not another car in sight. Amazing.

Oops -just spotted a thread about the same stretch of road further down the forum. Still, a good road is worth repeating...
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Postby koolchef » Mon May 14, 2007 10:02 pm

yip what a road. near my house. make for a good run one day....
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Postby poing » Mon May 14, 2007 10:13 pm

Always good to get many good reports about the same stretch of road, but now we have to keep it secret :wink:

It's on my to do list of roads :D
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Postby mossy-mx5 » Thu May 17, 2007 5:17 pm

tried out this road on tuesday night , :D :D :D ,down to cumnock , over to kilmarnock and back up through stewarton and neilston bril :P
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Postby chunkymonkey71 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:05 pm

Absolutely fantastic road!!!

Especially when you reach the reservoir and it goes all twisty!

Mate of mine rolled his mk3 Polo into a field on this road a few years ago, so I always drive it with a wee bit of apprehension...!

Probably my second favourite road, after the Dukes Pass...

:D :D :D
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Postby lowflyer » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:51 pm

chunkymonkey

you need to get out on some runs with the club - some of the roads we use are way better than the two you mention - although they are good :D
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Postby chunkymonkey71 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:44 am

Sounds good to me!

The road that runs between Douglas and Muirkirk is pretty good too. Fairly quiet, most of the bends have a nice sweep, good visibility and enough opportunities to overtake should you get stuck behind something with inferior cornering... i.e. most things on the road...!!!

8) 8) 8)

Or how about the road over the campsies that goes to the Carron Valley Reservoir??? A bit bumpy, but plenty of nice wee twists and turns... some good bits on the descent for making the tyres sqeal and the back end shimmy!!!

(an afterthought... REALLY should get those back callipers done...!)
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Postby koolchef » Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:59 pm

finally done run. Apparently i was confused in my previous post :?
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Postby The Mailman » Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:01 pm

My interesting experience on this road: i do it on the motorbike regularly, great road but a bit bumpy in places, and the best bit straight after you pass the sign going into East Ayrshire is completely ruined by all the bumps: no way to ride a road bike over that at speed. Then one day i did it in a car (Nissan Primera), expecting that to be better but it was even worse :? Then this spring i did it in the Eunos, i was expecting the worst but it actually was sooo much better :D Big compliment to the Eunos chassis for that!
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Good road

Postby Davy » Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:16 pm

Yes this is a great road to drive on, but it is getting like all the other Ayrshire roads, full of POTHOLES, I have had a few punctures on my alloys over the last few years on Ayrshire roads.

Just switching onto 215/40 x 17's soon on my MX5, and I will be reluctant to speed (60mph max :lol: ) along this road until I map where they holes all are..

Done it in all my previous cars, best was MK2 1600 Sport (Escort), followed by Mazda RX7, but nearly ran out of petrol ( at 8mpg) :shock:

Haven't done it on the dry yet with the MX5 (drifted a few corners, and Maureen didn't like it)..
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Re: Good road

Postby Hawkeye » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:19 pm

Davy wrote: I will be reluctant to speed (60mph max :lol: ) along this road


The fun bit is staying at 60 round the corners 8)
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Re: Strathaven to Muirkirk

Postby Fuggzy » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:46 am

Hawkeye wrote:I heard about the circuit at Kames at the last Pub Meet, so when I woke up early this morning, I thought I'd go for a look.

It was about 7.30am and cloudy when I left, but as I passed through Strathaven, the sun broke through and things were looking better. Then I came across the road from Strathaven to Kames and I couldn't believe it.

You would almost have thought someone had deliberately designed it to be an incredible drive. It's got everything in the right place - tight second gear s-bends, open sweepers, long straights, narrow bridges, sections where you can see the road snaking away for about half a mile and not another car in sight. Amazing.

Oops -just spotted a thread about the same stretch of road further down the forum. Still, a good road is worth repeating...



Yes, it sure is an amazing stretch of road, great place to have a little fun with the hood down on a sunny afternoon, always seems to be very quiet as well ;)
However, very true that its riddled with potholes and uneven surfaces at various parts along the stretch so care should be taken. :)
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Postby Robin » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:55 am

Could'nt agree more. This Club has provided me with an HND in "Discovering Scotland" since joining :lol:
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