Unofficial Cycle Routes - Newton Mearns to Carmunnock

Website by Andy Preece

This route connects Newton Mearns to Carmunnock on the edge of Glasgow, starting from the East Renfrewshire Council cycle lanes in Newton Mearns, then continuing through the suburbs and onto quiet country lanes, skirting the edge of East Kilbride before arriving in Carmunnock. There are then options for continuing into Glasgow.

Starting from Thornliebank, Eastwood Toll or Whitecraigs, head south along the East Renfrewshire Council cycle route until you are on Ayr Road, then turn left into Craignethan Road. Immediately turn right into Lethington Road. Climb up the hill, then at the first junction on the right, turn into Broomfield Road, which is the left hand road of two that leave Lethington Road at that junction. At the end of Broomfield Road, turn left into Neidpath Road East. Continue straight across Mearns Road into Laigh Road, and turn second right into Kirkvale Drive. At the end, turn left into Kirkhill Road, then fork right at the left hand bend into a lane that is the continuation of Kirkhill Road. Continue straight on when the lane becomes a path, and straight on across the fire path. Continue past the farm to the end of the road, then turn left into Waterfoot Road.

Alternatively, if starting from Mearns Cross, head along Eaglesham Road, then left at the end into Mearns Road and first right into Waterfoot Road. Turn right opposite a school into the continuation of Waterfoot Road, which leads into the countryside.

Follow this road until arrival at Waterfoot, and continue straight on, crossing the B767. Continue straight along the road, passing some farms towards Thorntonhall. At the end of this road turn left into Peel Road, which leads into Thorntonhall village. Go over the railway bridge and take the road on the right signed with a fingerpost sign, Braehead Road. Follow this road out of Thorntonhall, round a couple of bends, then fork left on the continuation of Braehead Road, following the cycle route sign. Fork right at the next two junctions, and continue to the end of the road. At the end of the road turn left into Barbana Road, on the edge of East Kilbride.

Continue along Barbana Road until it turns left into a car park, where you should leave the road and go straight on onto a path that passes some offices. At the end of the path join the A727 sliproad at the bus layby, and with care turn right into the underpass beneath the A727 flyover. Again with care, cross the sliproad on the other side of the flyover to go straight on into Philipshill Road. (In the opposite direction you cannot use the underpass since it is one-way, so use the narrow shared-use footway from Philipshill Road alongside the sliproad, then cross at the pedestrian crossings next to the roundabout. Return along the shared-use footway on the far side of the flyover past the bus layby and turn left onto the path to Barbana Road.)

From Philipshill Road continue straight on into Glen Road and past the new Visitors' Centre, then go straight on into Kittochside Road at Kittochside. Continue straight along this road to reach Carmunnock. At the end of this road, turn right into Waterside Road to get to the village centre.

From Carmunnock it is possible to follow a choice of unofficial cycle routes into Glasgow, to reach either Pollok Park or Glasgow Green, where connections can be made with the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

Website by Andy Preece