|Location Map ( geo)|
|The east end of the B7048 at the roundabout at the B782 in West Kilbride|
|From:||West Kilbride (NS203485)|
|Distance:||2 miles (3.2 km)|
|Meets:||B782, A78, unclassified|
|Route outline (key)|
The B7048 is a short link road heading west from the north Ayrshire town of West Kilbride to the hamlet of Portencross on the Clyde coast. The road was originally unclassified but had gained its number by 1932.
The road starts at a roundabout on the B782 to the north of the town centre and heads west along the residential Portencross Road, already showing our final destination. Part of the road is know as Crosshill Brae. The houses on the north side are mostly bungalows, which give way to open fields after 300 yards. On the south side of the road is West Kilbride Primary School and a row of detached traditional villas which stretch to the end of town. At the end of this row, we descend towards the coast, with the isle of Arran visible ahead, and leave the town behind to reach a crossroads on the A78.
Portencross Crossroads is reached within half a mile of leaving the roundabout at the start of the road. Here the Busy A78 cuts across Portencross Road on a bend which entails single solid white centre lines on the approach from both sides (of the A78). The B7048 road also narrows considerably after crossing the junction and remains narrow for the next mile and a half until its end at Portencross old harbour.
To The Sea
We continue west across the fields, now along a road too narrow to have a central white line and which also has double yellow lines on both sides for most of its length, this is an indication of how popular Portencross is in good weather. We go through a small wood, after which there's an excellent view of the coast to the left. West Kilbride Golf Links can also be seen stretching along the shore. The road bears left, to cut off the corner of Farland Head, and enters the coastal village of Portencross.
Traffic is advised to use the village car park but the B7048 continues past it to end at a gate leading to the harbour. The only other access here is a private drive and there is no simple way of turning round.
A gated farm road continues north along the coast as far as Northbank Farm. This also provides access to a narrow path to Hawking Craig and thereby Hunterston for pedestrians and cyclists.
Portencross Car park
The North Ayrshire Council owned 130 space car park is at the south end of the hamlet of Portencross, on the seaward side of the B7048 Portencross Road. Height restriction barriers (2.2m) prevent entry by high vehicles such as campers and commercial vans. The surface is tarmac and use of the car park is free of charge.
In addition to parking spaces, there is also a cycle rack, some picnic benches and several traditional benches, all with sea views across the Clyde to Arran.
Landscaping includes grassed areas with information boards, plus four very large mooring balls, which are too big to have come from the Portencross harbours.
The car park is a very short stroll from Portencross Castle and is on the Ayrshire Coastal Path.