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Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Kilmarnock (NS429379)
To:  Haining Mains (NS462350)
Via:  Hurlford
Distance:  3 miles (4.8 km)
Meets:  A735, A71, A76
Former Number(s):  A71, A76
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

East Ayrshire

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B7073 Kilmarnock - Haining Mains
Railway bridge near the A76

The B7073 follows the pre-bypass route of the A71 and A76 to the east of Kilmarnock. The re-classification took place in 1973 with the opening of the Kilmarnock Bypass.

The route turns off the A735 one-way system at a signalised junction by the Grand Hall, opposite the main shopping centre and bus station. It heads east along London Road, soon going over the Kilmarnock Water, and passing Schools, offices and the Dick Institute Museum and Library. Beyond this, the route enters the suburbs, passing between large detached and semi detached stone houses, many of which are set back behind trees and hedges. After crossing Piersland Park, the houses drop to single storey, with the council headquarters on the right. The route then passes under a freight railway line, runs between two modern housing estates that back onto the main road, and then passes over the A77 eastern bypass, which marks the edge of the urban area. This is hardly a rural idyll, however, and while there are a couple of grassy fields here - one is a football ground - after passing under the Kilmarnock to Carlisle railway, the route enters Crookedholm.

The route follows Main Road through the village, with the tightly meandering River Irvine behind the trees on the right, and a curved row of bungalows set back behind a green on the the left. Round a corner, older buildings, housing some shops and businesses, line the roadside as the river meanders away and back again. There are then houses strung along the roadside as far as the bridge over the River Irvine. This marks the boundary between Crookedholm and Hurlford, although before the town is entered the A71 is met at a roundabout. The route then climbs between the shops along Mauchline Road towards the church near the top of the hill. The gradient eases as the road kinks left by the church, and becomes residential again, but also traffic-calmed. As the road levels out, the houses on the left are set back behidn a service road, with fields opposite, and then a large warehouse site on the edge of the town.

Leaving Hurlford behind, the route is finally able to stretch out across open fields. The small Cessnock Water is crossed, beyond which it climbs through a shallow cutting at the crest of a low hill. There are some good views from this high spot, but only glimpsed from the road. The route then passes back under the railway line to reach its end at a roundabout on the A76.

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A76 Near Kilmarnock - Coppermine - 14324.jpgHurlford-rbt1.jpgHurlford-rbt2.jpgHurlford-br1.jpgA77-kilmarnock.jpg
Other nearby roads
B7000 – B7999
B7000 • B7001 • B7002 • B7003 • B7004 • B7005 • B7006 • B7007 • B7008 • B7009 • B7010 • B7011 • B7012 • B7013 • B7014 • B7015 • B7016 • B7017 • B7018 • B7019
B7020 • B7021 • B7022 • B7023 • B7024 • B7025 • B7026 • B7027 • B7028 • B7029 • B7030 • B7031 • B7032 • B7033 • B7034 • B7035 • B7036 • B7037 • B7038 • B7039
B7040 • B7041 • B7042 • B7043 • B7044 • B7045 • B7046 • B7047 • B7048 • B7049 • B7050 • B7051 • B7052 • B7053 • B7054 • B7055 • B7056 • B7057 • B7058 • B7059
B7060 • B7061 • B7062 • B7063 • B7064 • B7065 • B7066 • B7067 • B7068 • B7069 • B7070 • B7071 • B7072 • B7073 • B7074 • B7075 • B7076 • B7077 • B7078 • B7079
B7080 • B7081 • B7082 • B7083 • B7084 • B7085 • B7086 • B7087 • B7088 • B7089 • B7090 • B7091 • B7092 • B7093 • B7094 • B7095 • B7096 • B7097 • B7098 • B7099
Earlier iterations: B7000 • B7011 • B7035 • B7039 • B7054 • B7058

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