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Skate the Lochwinnoch Mini-Marathon

  • Skate from Lochwinnoch to Kilmacolm and back.
  • Using the traffic free cycle paths.
  • Easy skating, mostly flat, some hills.
  • One busy road to cross. (B789)
  • Always confirm date & start time before travelling.
  • Check the Events page of TrySkating for updates.

How do I get there? (Direct route)
If you are coming from Glasgow by car travelling West along the M8 take the A737 slip road (To Irvine) just passed the Glasgow Airport flyover. Follow this road for about 8 miles until you come to Roadhead Roundabout.

Turn right, take the A760 (To Largs), Lochwinnoch is a about a mile along the road. Go past the bird sanctuary (RHS) then turn right over a bridge, a sign directs you to the Water Sports Centre. When this road starts to bear left, turn right (twice), take care poor visibility for oncoming vehicles, and head towards the car park.

If you prefer you can travel by train to Lochwinnoch. Remember to check the timetable and make sure your train will definitely stop (both ways) at Lochwinnoch station. You can skate from Lochwinnoch station to the Water Sports Centre car park but cross the busy main road first before you put on your skates.

Go this way if you prefer the scenic route through Howood and avoid Roadhead Roundabout.

Travelling west, from Glasgow, by car along the M8 take the A737 road to Irvine at Junction 28A just passed the Glasgow Airport flyover.

Proceed for about 6 miles, then look out for the turn-off on your left to Howwood. Follow the road left into the centre of Howwood and bear left at the road signed Kilbarchan. (This road also serves Howwood Station).

Go along this twisty road for about 3 miles (ignore the right turn to Kilbarchan) eventually you come to a T Junction with the B768. Turn left and you are almost at Lochwinnoch.

Go down the steep hill, look out for the the "Corner Bar" (the Cycle Path is sign posted) and turn left. Pass under the bridge and turn immediate left into the Water Sports Centre car park. This route is a lot easier than the directions suggest.

Lochwinnoch F.A.Q.

  • I would like more info about the Lochwinnoch Loop before I try it? Okay click map and here's more about the village.
  • Is it all right to come alone? Of course. Skaters are friendly and Don will help if you have a (skate) problem.
  • Please do come early. Fitting skates and safety pads can take an age. If you're not kitted up in time you'll delay the start.
  • Where do we leave from? The Water Sports Centre car park and return there to finish. (Post code: PA12 4AE)
  • Is there any facilities at the Sports Centre? Yes, cafe and toilets.
  • How much does the Mini-Marathon cost? It's FREE.
  • How far do I have to skate? 26 miles to complete the full distance.
  • How long will I be skating? 2 hours+.
  • Need to be street aware. Have to cross the B789 dual carriageway using the pedestrian crossing.
  • Will I hold everybody back? The Mini-Marathon is not suitable for beginners. You should be capable of stopping to cope with the start/finish hill and keep up a reasonable speed. (Note, if you're a fast/faster skater this event will not appeal.)
  • Can I hire skates? Not for this event.
  • Do I need to wear a helmet? Safety pads and a helmet are recommended. You skate without them at your own risk.
  • I'm not coming by car is there anywhere to leave my backpack? Yes, you can leave your backpack/shoes/etc, in Don's van while you skate. Don't forget to pick up your possessions on the way back. (Check first to make sure Don will be there.)
  • Coming by Train? Check timetable and make sure train stops at Lochwinnoch station in both directions. You can skate from Lochwinnoch station but cross the busy main road first before you put on your skates.
  • Bad weather? We do not skate in the rain or if we think the surface is going to be slippery. If the conditions look doubtful and you are not sure whether to travel call/text 07733 276 902 to find out if the Mini-Marathon is on.
  • How will I know if the Skate is weather cancelled? It will be posted on the TrySkating website.

Sharing the Loop with others.

We are skating on a cycling path. The more serious cyclists, generally recognisable by their Lycra outfits, treat the loop as their own. They do not take kindly to skaters blocking the pathway. When cyclists approach we keep to the LHS to avoid causing an obstruction and prevent them having reason for complaint.


Water Sports Centre car park

Pedestrians are apprehensive when they see a group of skaters approaching. Please make sure you slow down and pass leaving as much room as possible. We want skaters to be considered good path users.

Animals, particularly dogs roam the pathway because owners take this opportunity to let their dogs off the leash. Dogs are easily startled if it is the first time they have encountered skaters. Apparently dog owners consider it is the responsibility of the skater to pass in an appropriate manner. While this is a moot point we accept the constraint for the good of the sport.


cycle trail

Skate Pathway


Please don't upset the locals even if they upset you. Remember they live there and we want to be welcomed back in the future. Respect the countryside and please make sure you do not leave any litter behind.

Don't forget skating is a balancing activity. You skate at your own risk. Wear your safety pads and a helmet at all times. You have a duty of care to yourself as well as to others.

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