Until recently, the B764 was one of the few important rural "B" roads in the country, connecting Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and the South (latter via M74). With the arrival of the new A726 Glasgow Southern Orbital (GSO) connecting East Kilbride to the M77 at J5, near Newton Mearns, the B764 was practically redundant.
The B764 starts at a roundabout with the road that killed her, the A726, to the west of East Kilbride town centre. The first few miles are basic new town S2 with a mixture of housing and industrial estates and lots of roundabouts. After leaving East Kilbride we pass one of two of Scotland's police training centres before entering the hamlet of Jackton. The gap of countryside between Jackton and Eaglesham, where we cross the border from Lanarksire to Renfrewshire, is the only rural section of the route not to face downgrading with the arrival of the GSO. The conservation village of Eaglesham is the third and final settlement on the B764's route. After a light-controlled crossroads with the B767, which contains some lovely fingerposts, we go up a hill with beautiful houses on one side and a beautiful green on the other. It was Eaglesham's rightful status as a conservation village which lead to the construction of the GSO. Before then, Eaglesham was not a bottleneck but far too busy but nowadays Eaglesham has regained its tranquillity. A mini-roundabout is soon reached and the road ends here, with the road ahead unclassified.
Previously the B764 continued ahead back into open country. Leaving Eaglesham, we can therefore see what post-GSO downgrading has done to the B764 now it is unclassified. "The Eaglesham Moor Road" was once a busy S2
but has now been downgraded to an S1
with separate cyclists' facilities. Don't let this put you off using the road though: it is a more scenic detour of the A726
if you have the time. Crossing the border into Ayrshire, the road turns back into an S2
. East Ayrshire Council did use an S1
for a short time but for some reason changed back into an S2
. Not long after the border, we reach our terminal T-junction with the A77
, not far from J6
of the M77
. Before the M77
J5-8 extension the A77
/B764 junction saw one of only two DC sections of the A77
between Fenwick and Newton Mearns but now the A77
at this point.