|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||New Cumnock (NS616133)|
|To:||Girvan Mains (NX192990)|
|Distance:||30.7 miles (49.4 km)|
|Meets:||A76, B7013, A713, B7045, B7023, B7035, A77|
|Route outline (key)|
The B741 is a long B-road across southern Ayrshire.
The route starts on the A76 at a mini-roundabout in New Cumnock and heads southwest, crossing a disused level crossing a few hundred yards further on. It continues across the open fields, reaching the hills to the south and starting to climb, whilst remaining in a vaguely southwesterly direction. After skirting Peat Hill the road enters a forest and goes through this for a couple of miles, reaching a summit en route.
The road then follows the Cumnock Burn for most of the way into Dalmellington, turning away from this stream just before entering the town from the north. The road runs south along High Main Street to reach a roundabout where it bears right along Main Street (the left turn is the B7013 High Street) and soon comes to a T-junction on the A713. The A-road, which we follow north-westward, now takes over for some 600 m before the B741 sets off once more from a left turn.
Now heading westward, our road soon crosses the River Doon by means of a narrow bridge, after which it remains S1, climbing up into the hills ahead. We cross the moor, the road widening again, before skirting the edge of a forest and descending to Straiton where we turn right upon reaching a T-junction. After running west through the village the B7045 TOTSOs left to cross the Water of Girvan.
Now in far flatter terrain, the B741 continues west, following a ridge before reaching a Y-junction a few miles later at which the B7023 comes in from the right, and our route turns south-westward. We cross the Water of Girvan again before reaching Ruglen. Here the B741 originally turned right and crossed the railway line at what was Kilkerran station, then turned left to follow the line west to Dailly station.
This route having been changed early on, however, the B741 today continues ahead and crosses the river, for a third time, at Aird Bridge. At the entrance to Dailly village the B741 TOTSOs right (the road straight ahead is the B7035) and follows Linfern Road and Main Street to reach (yet another) bridge over the water of Girvan which we turn sharp right to cross. A short run (of about a kilometre) north and north-west then brings us to a T-junction where the original route comes in from the right and we turn left.
From here the B741 continues west-south-westward, following the railway line, which we cross several times, for a few more, mostly wooded, miles, before the road skirts the south side of Girvan Distillery and ends at a T-junction on the A77 just to the north of Girvan town.