|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||6.7 miles (10.8 km)|
|Meets:||A77, B737, A717, B737, B798, B738|
|Old route now:||B738|
|Route outline (key)|
The A718 runs north from Stranraer along the Rhins of Galloway, remaining close to Loch Ryan.
The road starts at a roundabout on the A77 on the southern edge of town then runs along Lewis Street to a mini-roundabout where it crosses the B737. Officially the A718 continues ahead along the one-way Church Street, then the one-way the other way Queen Street; there are no signs to advise through traffic. Whatever happens, the seafront and the A717 are met and the A718 turns left and runs out of town, meeting the B737 again before reaching open country.
Presently a roundabout is reached on the edge of Leswalt, where it meets the B798. This marks the original end of the A718 but it was extended in the mid-1920s along part of the B738 so we now turn right to head north from this point. The road runs along the coast for a couple of miles before continuing ahead when the coast bears right. The village of Kirkcolm is reached and the road morphs into the B738 by a left turn opposite the Blue Peter Hotel; this is marked by the road signs.
Confusingly, as can be seen by the plate on the road sign, the 1920s extension went beyond Kirkcolm, to the road junction just past Clachan Hill Farm. The road was cut back in the 1970s, probably due to the fact that a farm does not require an A-road. Certainly the population north of Kirkcolm is minimal. In all the changes, the A718 has always ended end-on with the B738.