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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Dunlop (NS408494)
To:  Beith (NS348539)
Distance:  5.2 miles (8.4 km)
Meets:  A735, A736, A737, B7049
Highway Authorities

East Ayrshire • North Ayrshire

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B706 Dunlop - Beith
This article is about the current B706 in Ayrshire.
For the original B706 in Midlothian, see B706 (Midlothian)

The B706 is a link road connecting Dunlop and Beith in northern Ayrshire.


The route starts at a wide junction on the A735 near the shops in the centre of Dunlop and heads west along the traffic-calmed Main Street. At first this is a wide street, passing the primary school, village hall and a couple of shops, but it then winds round onto a very narrow section past a row of brightly painted old cottages with parked cars along the street. Even without the cars, this is a narrow stretch, but the parked cars rarely have gaps between them, making it difficult to see if anything is coming from end to end. The church stands at the end of this section, the road sweeping round to the right below the graveyard to enter open country. After crossing a small burn, the route climbs across fields, following a winding route with a long double bend, after which it descends again to cross the Lugton Water. Soon after it reaches the A736 at Burnhouse, where it crosses the main road at a straight crossroads (most have been staggered over the years). The route then continues west, passing the few houses of Barrmill Road.

After winding for a mile across undulating countryside the next settlement, Barrmill, is reached. The route follows Dunlop Road down the hill into the village, where the road goes under a narrow bridge carrying a disused railway line. It then turns sharp left at a mini roundabout onto Beith Road, and soon curves out of the village, and follows a couple of longer straights past the Defence Munitions depot (which the railway line used to serve). A right kink then takes the route over the old Beith Branch line, followed by a series of meandring bends as the route heads north west across fields before reaching the A737 Beith bypass. This is crossed at a staggered crossroads, where the short section of Glebe Road between the B706 and A737 appears to be a spur of the former. The route then heads into the town centre on Barrmill Road. The first straight bit is level, but after passing a couple of impressive old houses, the route begins a winding descent, steepening as it drops down Townhead, before kinking left onto Strand. It then comes to an end on the B7049 (pre-bypass A737) at a T-junction in the town centre..


The route was originally unclassified but had gained its current number by 1932, the original incarnation of the B706 surviving until at least 1927. Although the route still follows largely the same route, there is evidence in a few places of improvements having been carried out. About half a mile west of the start in Dunlop, a double bend has been removed. The southern loop is still partially in use as a field access, but the rest appears to be completely overgrown, and the new road line includes a shallow cutting. The bridge over the Lugton Water appears to have been replaced on a straighter alignment, and a short distance further west a loop of old road survives on the south side of the road. This then lines up with the recessed boundary past the houses on the opposite side of the road. The only other notable change is the realignment of the junction with the A737 at Beith, although this is due to be replaced by a roundabout in the near future.

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