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Garnock, River

An important river of North Ayrshire, the Garnock rises on the southern slopes of the Hill of Stake in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. It flows 21 miles (33 km) southwards through Kilbirnie, Dalry and Kilwinning to merge with the River Irvine as it enters the Firth of Clyde at Irvine. Its upper reaches in Glen Garnock are remote and unspoiled, whereas the remainder of its course in the broad Garnock Valley is populated and represents a mixed post-industrial and agricultural landscape. Its principal tributaries are the Rye Water, Caaf Water, Dusk Water, and finally the Lugton Water. The Spout of Garnock is a splendid waterfall on the upper reaches of the river. Two meanders in the river, which lay to the northwest of Irvine, were removed in the 19th C. The westernmost of these, at Longford Misk, had flooded mine workings in 1833.


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