|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||9.4 miles (15.1 km)|
|Meets:||B730, A759, B7081, A735, A77, M77|
|Old route now:||B7061|
|Route outline (key)|
The B751 provides a link between a number of smaller communities in East and South Ayrshire and gives them access to the M77.
Bogend - Kilmaurs
The B751 begins just outside Bogend where the B730 performs a TOTSO. Heading North East the road is arrow-straight as it passes though typical Ayrshire farmland, but it is not long before the road begins to wind. A TOTSO left at a T-junction sees us heading more due North, and we start to encounter more rural cottages and a slightly incongruous-looking bridge - a legacy of the network of abandoned railway lines that criss-cross Scotland. Just outside Gatehead we turn right onto a multiplex with the A759 and soon cross the River Irvine.
Dropping to 30mph the road winds through Gatehead past typical inter-war council houses. Crossing a level crossing we now encounter more traditional Victorian cottages. Leaving Gatehead an NSL sign marks our cue to turn left as we leave the A759 behind and we head due North on an arrow-straight route. After crossing the A71 on a bridge we enter Crosshouse and start to pass modern bungalows as we are back to 30mph.
In the centre of Crosshouse we turn left at a traffic-light-controlled junction onto the B7081 (pre-bypass A71) before quickly turning right again: a very short multiplex but a little too long to be classed as a staggered crossroads. Heading north we briefly pass a rural scene before entering Knockentiber and reach extensive inter-war council housing. On leaving Knockentiber we are back to NSL and, following a few bends, we are arrow-straight before a railway bridge forces a dogleg as we enter Kilmaurs. We pass more modern bungalows before we TOTSO right into the town centre, bringing us to a mini roundabout, where we turn left onto a brief multiplex with the A735.
Kilmaurs - Fenwick
Kilmaurs town centre has traditional Victorian flats over shops but is only a few yards long before another mini roundabout sees it end. Immediately after the roundabout we turn right and leave the A735. We now pass though a mixture of old and new homes, before we are back to NSL and rural conditions. The road here winds its way Eastwards until it comes an abrupt halt at a roundabout where the M77 meets the A77 at J8. A slip road allows northbound traffic to avoid the M77; however, there is no access to the motorway here. The road ends here but has not always done so.
Originally the B751 ran from the B750 (now A759) in Gatehead to the then-A77 in Fenwick but was extended south early on. When the A77 was moved onto the Fenwick bypass the old road was renumbered B7061, although some maps suggest that this section was later renumbered as part of the B751 itself; in fact this seems to have been a mistake or copyright trap.
When the A77 was upgraded to motorway status the B751 was severed and no longer met the B7061. As such, some maps claimed that to drive the full length of the road you had to turn left up the A77, then into Fenwick along the B778, before turning right and retracing your steps southbound to the southern end of the M77. It's little wonder that the B7061 started getting more publicity in the 2010s.