Route 8: Strathaven – the long route
An energetic morning or afternoon taking advantage of more quiet roads between Darvel and Strathaven.
Follow route 7 uphill and down to the crossroads. Turn right in the direction of Darvel and left 0.5mi on where the road forks. 3mi further, on a short downhill section, take a left turn immediately before Meikle Hareshaw farm. Then right at T-junction and bear right past Gillhall. Loudon Hill [316metres] is a striking landmark on the right. Turn left and immediately right across the A71 to follow a quiet road back to Strathaven. After 3mi the route goes over a crossroads and left uphill off the B745. Another 4mi then left at T-junction, over the Avon Water and immediately right uphill and down into Strathaven – via Main St [non-traffic], through the square and into Letham Rd and ThreestanesRd to reach the Park. Join route 7 again for the return to Eaglesham.