|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Peel Park, East Kilbride (NS616545)|
|Distance:||3.7 miles (6 km)|
|Route outline (key)|
Until recently, the B764 was one of the few important rural "B" roads in the country, connecting Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and the South (the latter via the M74). The arrival, however, of the new A726 Glasgow Southern Orbital (GSO) connecting East Kilbride to the M77 at J5, near Newton Mearns, has made the B764 practically redundant in that role.
Current route: Peel Park – Eaglesham
The B764 starts to the west of East Kilbride town centre at a roundabout junction with the A726, the road that has now taken over much of the B764's former role. As it heads southwest the first few miles are basic New Town S2 with a mixture of housing and industrial estates and lots of roundabouts. After leaving East Kilbride we pass one of Scotland's two police training centres before entering the hamlet of Jackton. This area has been substantially changed over recent years, and new housing as part of East Kilbride is expected to engulf the hamlet entirely. The gap of countryside between Jackton and Eaglesham, where we cross the border from Lanarkshire to Renfrewshire, is the only rural section of the route not to face downgrading with the arrival of the GSO.
The conservation village of Eaglesham is the third and final settlement on the B764's route. After a light-controlled crossroads with the B767, which contains some lovely fingerposts, we go up Montgomery Street, a hill with beautiful houses on one side and a beautiful green on the other. It was partly Eaglesham's rightful status as a conservation village which lead to the construction of the GSO. Before then, Eaglesham was not a bottleneck but was very busy though nowadays Eaglesham has regained its tranquility. A junction with Polnoon Street, the other main street in Eaglesham's planned town, is soon reached, and the road ends here with the road ahead now unclassified.
Former route: Eaglesham – Kingswell
Previously the B764 continued ahead back into open country. Leaving Eaglesham, we can therefore see what post-GSO downgrading has done to the B764 now it is unclassified. "The Eaglesham Moor Road" was once a busy S2 but has now been downgraded to an S1 with separate cyclists' facilities. However, most drivers still use the road as if it were S2. Don't let this put you off using the road though: it is a more scenic detour of the A726 and M77 if you have the time.
Crossing the border into Ayrshire, the road turns back into an S2. East Ayrshire Council did use an S1 for a short time but for some reason changed back into an S2. Not long after the border, we reach our terminal T-junction with the A77, not far from J6 of the M77. Before completion of the J5 to J8 extension of the M77, the A77/B764 junction was the site of one of only two dual carriageway sections of the A77 between Fenwick and Newton Mearns; however, the A77 is now S2 at this point.