This route connects East Kilbride to Auldhouse and over the hill to Darvel. From there the Irvine Valley Trail continues through Newmilns and Galston to Hurlford, near Kilmarnock.
Starting from The Murray Roundabout, exit via the south western underpass and head south along the cycle track up to Murray Road. Do not exit onto The Murray Road, but carry right on until the end and turn right into Telford Road, then first left into Lairhills Road.
Take the third road on the right, Livingstone Drive, just as Lairhills Road curves around to join The Murray Road. Turn into the first road on the left, Strathcona Place, and turn left onto a path between some houses and the modern flats near the end of the road.
At the end of the path, cross The Murray Road and head straight up Whitehills Terrace. At the far end, go straight on through the Stroud Road underpass. Follow the path straight on past the school, and fork right at the main path junction. Fork left at the next path junction and head to the bus stop on Quarry Road. Turn left onto Quarry Road.
Follow Quarry Road for a bit and go straight on at the busy roundabout with Greenhills Road into Shields Road. At the next roundabout fork left onto Auldhouse Road. Follow this to Auldhouse. In Auldhouse, turn right then immediately left into Cleughearn Road.
Turn left at the next junction. To head to Strathaven, continue straight on along this road which forms part of the South Lanarkshire Council signed cycle route to Strathaven. Otherwise to continue to Darvel, turn first right into Ardochrig Road.
Follow this road straight on up the hill and through the Whitelees Forest, then turn right at the cross roads after the forest.
Fork left at the next junction, then turn left at the second proper road junction on the left, following the main road. This road leads to Darvel.
From Darvel the Irvine Valley Trail leads to Hurlford. Head down Ranoldcoup Road from Darvel Main Street, and turn right after crossing the river.