A77 Trunk Road

One of the most significant roads of SW Scotland, the A77 connects Glasgow with Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway, a distance of 92 miles (148 km). The road begins on Glasgow Bridge, which spans the River Clyde in the city centre, and heads southwest to cross into East Renfrewshire to reach Giffnock and then Newton Mearns. It runs alongside its replacement, the M77 motorway, to Fenwick. Here it becomes a trunk road. After bypassing Kilmarnock, Prestwick and Ayr to the east, the road meets the coast at Turnberry and then provides one of the most picturesque coastal drives in Britain for 18½ miles (30 km) along the raised beach via Girvan to Ballantrae, with views out to Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde. The road continues south through Glen App returning to the coast alongside Loch Ryan to reach Stranraer, where it is again demoted to a primary route to cross the Rhins of Galloway to its termination at Portpatrick. Long regarded as particularly dangerous, this route was the first in Scotland to be fitted with average speed cameras in 2005, which brought a remarkable reduction in road deaths.

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