Old Road through Straiton
Start location: track, 1km north of River Stinchar, just south of Dalquhairn Bridge (NX 329 967)
End location: track running south of Patna (NS 407 107)
Geographical area: Arran and Ayrshire
Path Type: Civil Road, Drove Road
Path distance: 18.8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Today much of this route goes through developed forests, so we would welcome an updated description.
Southern section (River Stinchar to Straiton): From North Balloch continue north by road for 1km to the Dalquhairn Burn, and head northeast up its north side for 1.5km to enter the forest. Some 500m further upstream, at NX347978, make a diversion, 450m east then 400m north, before joining a forest road. Turn right, and continue for 1km, at which point the route crosses a forest road to head in a northeast direction, leaving the forest at NX366999. Crossing the Palmullan Burn at NS372008, follow the burn downstream to Knockskae and Dalmorton, and go by road down the west side of the Water of Girvan to Straiton.
OS Landranger 76 (Girvan & surrounding area) and 77 (Dalmellington to New Galway) - also 70 (Ayr, Kilmarnock & Troon)
This path was mapped by General Roy in his Military Survey (1747-1755). Roy didn't tend to map out footpaths or minor roads and so it must have been a very important route. It was noted down as the road from Dalmellington to Wigtown and so would have seen a huge amount of traffic between the two. The route is also said to be shown on Armstrong's 1773 map of Ayrshire.