|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Crossmyloof, Glasgow (NS562625)|
|Distance:||21.2 miles (34.1 km)|
|Meets:||B768, B762, A727, B7087, A735, B778, B7080, A736|
|Former Number(s):||B768, A736|
|Route outline (key)|
For many miles the B769 runs parallel to the A77 and there is some evidence in places that parts were once the original route between Kilmarnock and Glasgow. Today it offers an interesting back route between Glasgow and Irvine.
Glasgow to Newton Mearns
The B769 begins life in Crossmyloof in Glasgow just beside Pollok Country park, where the B768 turns off at a traffic-light-controlled junction. Although just an urban B-road prior to the extension of the nearby M77 to Newton Mearns this section of the B769 was originally very busy, carrying traffic between Glasgow and Thornliebank, Nitshill and Barrhead. An urban 4-lane single-carriageway, the road makes its way southwards into Pollokshaws, where the road briefly turns into a dual carriageway. After the opening of the M77 this section lost a lane in each direction (which was turned into a bus lane). At the Pollokshaws Roundabout it crosses the B762 (marking the road's original northern end) and continues south through Thornliebank where it rapidly becomes a narrow and slow single carriageway.
At the Spiersbridge Roundabout it crosses the A727 and continues South rapidly becoming less urban in nature as it crosses from Glasgow into East Renfrewshire. This part of the B769 is projected to have considerable new housing and commercial development and what was a entirely semi-rural road now shows frequent evidence of new housing estates and building work. This section has changed very rapidly in the last few years of the 2000s and has gained 4 new roundabouts and some widening work as it approaches Newton Mearns.
Here it meets a roundabout junction where the B7087 leads to a Junction with the M77. The road now skirts Newton Mearns, where it was widened in 2008 in preparation for the ongoing housing and commercial development. As it approaches the southern end of Newton Mearns it deviates from its original alignment to meet a roundabout where a right turn allows it to pass over the M77 before shortly turning off to the left at a traffic-light-controlled junction.
Newton Mearns to Stewarton
Returning to its original alignment the road becomes entirely rural in nature. Narrow and winding, the road twists its way through the farmland of East Renfrewshire. Forming little more than a local access road for nearby farms and hamlets this section is virtually deserted and it is not unusual for a driver to be able to travel the entire length between Newton Mearns and Stewarton without encountering a single vehicle. This is just as well as the northern end lacks any overtaking opportunities.
Initially green and verdant the farmland deteriorates as the road climbs steeply past the Bannerbank Quarry as the landscape turns to moorland, where the main landmark is White Loch, a private fishing lake. As it passes over the boundary into East Ayrshire the land begins to improve again and returns to farmland. The road also begins to become flatter and a little less winding as one of only two realistic overtaking opportunities presents itself, before we pass through the 1-street hamlet of Kingsford. A few more miles and the road begins to drop down into the town of Stewarton and returns to being urban in nature.
It is here that evidence of its historical nature can be found in its official street name of "Old Glasgow Road". Passing through a typical small town main street it comes to a traffic-light-controlled junction where it is joined by the A735 and B778, with which it forms a short multiplex through the town before the B778 peels off to the right at a mini roundabout.
After going under a railway viaduct, another mini roundabout marks the outskirts of Stewarton.
Stewarton to Irvine
As it leaves Stewarton the road dips down and turns off to the right, leaving the A735. It returns to its narrow, winding, rural form as it continues to head South. Again it is nothing more than a rural access road we leave traffic behind and, after a series of sharp hairpins, the road gives a hint of what is to come with a brief straight before swinging through a double bend into an arrow-straight section almost 3 miles long, which forms the single straightest section of the entire route. Leaving the straight section behind the road returns to its winding nature as it sweeps through the hamlet of Cunninghamhead and continues to make its way towards its ultimate destination. As we reach the outskirts of Irvine the road suddenly widens as it leaves its original alignment to bypass the settlement of Perceton (which it once cut through on its way to a junction with the original route of the A736); the road is now obviously more recently built (completed 1991) as it forms two long sweeping curves before becoming arrow-straight as it begins to enter Irvine. The junctions of the local access roads have the always unusual feature of single carriageway slip roads. It finally reaches it end at the Stanecastle Roundabout, where it forms a junction with the B7080 and the both the current and historic A736 routes.