|Location Map ( geo)|
|Via:||Kilmarnock Town Centre|
|Distance:||5.8 miles (9.3 km)|
|Meets:||A77, B7061, A77, B7064, A735, A71, B7072, A77|
|Route outline (key)|
The B7038 is an urban B-road in the true sense as it spends at least 90% of its journey in Kilmarnock.
The road starts at M77 J8, practically taking over from the B7061 just south of the small village of Fenwick in Ayrshire. The route spends its first few yards parallel to the A77 dual-carriageway with a roundabout for an onslip to the southbound carriageway. We then go on an overbridge onto the other side of the A77 where we are confronted with the Meiklewood Interchange. Shortly after, we enter Ayrshire's second town, Kilmarnock. This part of the B7038 used to be S4 from here to almost the town centre; however, after the Southcraigs Roundabout box-hatchings help the road to be nothing more than an S2.
The first roundabout after Southcraigs gives us the option of the (unsigned) B7064, the only dual carriageway in Kilmarnock itself, and a small retail park containing a Tesco and nothing much else. We now go onto Glasgow Road, a leafy suburban boulevard and one of the nicest parts of the town. Shortly after Glasgow Road becomes Beansburn we have a T-junction with Dean Road - alight here for Dean Castle County Park. Another name-change leads us onto Dean Street where this section of the B7038 ends on the A735 Kilmarnock One-Way System.
After a short hop to the opposite corner of the one-way system we enter the district of Riccarton, formerly a town in its own right but now nothing more than a suburb. The road goes along a sandstone shopping street before reaching a light-signalled crossroads. Annoyingly, the pedestrian crossing facilities use different lights to the crossroads itself. Our next major interchange is a restricted one with the A71, at this point a grade-separated dual-carriageway southern bypass that goes through a mainly industrial area of south Kilmarnock. The eastbound offslip is a simple T-junction with the A71 giving-way to us. The westbound onslip, on the other hand, uses a roundabout which is also used as the terminus of the B7072. Shortly after this roundabout, we come across Kilmarnock Fire Station which many believe to be the birthplace of William Wallace (before it became a fire station, of course). After going through the deep south of Kilmarnock, we enter countryside. The appearance of the gateway sign for the South Ayrshire Council area comes up just before southbound and northbound traffic split for the fork GSJ with the A77 at the southern terminus.
Prior to the current route, the B7038 for many years formed a very short route in Kilmarnock town centre, running along John Finnie Street and West George Street, so serving the station. This was originally part of the B750, but given its own number when most of that route was upgraded to be the A759. More recently it became the route of the A71, and it is now the A735. It is currently unclear whether this route ever coexisted with the current route, or if the number was reused when the roads were renumbered. The present B7038 forms the pre-bypass A77 through town.