River Irvine

Bridge of Scottish Invention over the River Irvine
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Bridge of Scottish Invention over the River Irvine

A major river of Ayrshire, the River Irvine rises on the border of East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire to the north of Loudon Hill. It flows south and then west to be joined by the Glen Water at Darvel. It continues west past Newmilns and Galston and is joined by the Cessnock Water just to the northeast of Hurlford. It then passes Crookedholm before receiving the Kilmarnock Water towards the south of that town. It then forms the boundary between East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire as it flows past Gatehead, where it begins to meander. The river briefly forms the boundary between North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire before entering the former council area and receiving the Carmel Water. It passes Dreghorn and is joined by the Annick Water to the south of Irvine. It then meanders around the south and west of that town and receives the wide estuary of the River Garnock just before entering Irvine Bay, having completed a course of almost 30 miles (48 km).

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