Lugton Water

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The confluence of the Lugton Water and the River Garnock.

The Lugton Water, the largest tributary of the River Garnock, runs 14 miles from Loch Libo in Renfrewshire, to join the Garnock south of Kilwinning in Ayrshire. It passes through the parishes of Neilston, Beith, Dunlop, Stewarton and Kilwinning, and also forms the county border at Lugton. The Lugton joins the Garnock below the tidal limit, shortly after passing through Eglinton Country Park, developed around the ancient estate of the Earl of Eglinton.

Timothy Pont refers to it as the 'Ludgar' or 'Lugdurr'.[1] Loch Libo in the 14th century was referred to as Loch le Bog Syde in a charter, meaning the Bogside Loch.[2]

Eglinton Park ford and weir
Ruins of Eglinton Castle seen across the Lugton Water

The course through Eglinton Park has been greatly changed through the construction of several weirs, canalisation, 'loops' infilled, small lochs removed, etc.

The river runs past Eglinton Loch within Eglinton Country Park and at times of heavy flood its waters enter the loch.

It contains fresh-water and sea-trout and the occasional salmon.


The Pollick Burn joins the Lugton Water from the left just south of Loch Libo at Lugton Bridge, after which the Lugton forms to boundary between the parishes of Dunlop and Nielston.

Shortly after, the Cross Burn joins from the right, after which the Lugton also briefly forms the county border between Renfrewshire on the right and Ayrshire on the left.

After fully entering Ayrshire, the Duniflat Burn joins from the left, close to the North Biggart bridge near where the Bells Burn from Bells Bog on the right side also has its confluence.

The Bungle Burn, an outflow of the Blae Loch, joins the Lugton Water near the Bungleburn Bridge outside the village of Burnhouse.


  1. Dobie, James D. (ed Dobie, J.S.) (1876). Cunninghame, Topographized by Timothy Pont 1604–1608, with continuations and illustrative notices. Pub. John Tweed, Glasgow. P. 313.
  2. Paterson, James (1863-66). History of the Counties of Ayr and Wigton. V. III - Cunninghame. J. Stillie. Edinburgh. P. 215.

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