Lugar Water

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Lugar Water
River Lugar
River confluence - - 1496366.jpg
The point at which Bellow Water (on the left) meets Glenmuir Water, forming Lugar Water.
Native name Uisge Lugar
Country Scotland
Region Ayrshire
District East Ayrshire
Town Cumnock
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ location Southern Uplands, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Basin features
River system River Ayr
 ⁃ left Glaisnock Water

The Lugar Water, or River Lugar, is created by the confluence of the Bellow Water and the Glenmuir Water, just north of Lugar, both of which flow from the hills of the Southern Uplands in East Ayrshire, Scotland.[1]


Source to Cumnock

The river flows through the small mining village of Lugar, where at Bellow Mill, William Murdoch, the inventor of gas lighting was born in 1784. A cave where he carried out a lot of his experiments can still be seen on the riverbank. The river then flows on through the town of Cumnock, under the Woodroad Viaduct, where its water was used in earlier times to power grain mills and where it is joined by Glaisnock Water.[1]

Cumnock to Mauchline

It continues its journey through the estate of the Marquess of Bute, Dumfries Estate, where it flows beneath the beautiful ornamental bridge of Lochnorris, designed by John Adam. who also designed and built Dumfries House, the residence of the present Marquess of Bute. It now reaches the village of Ochiltree, where its waters are harnessed by a weir which drove the local grain mills in days gone by. Here Atlantic salmon have been seen jumping the fish ladder, which allows them to reach their spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the river. The river also holds a good stock of the native brown trout, and these are fished for by anglers of all ages. In May 2014 the Ayrshire Rivers Trust reported that barbel, a locally invasive species, had been caught on the river.[2]

Lower Reaches

Lugar Water near Wallace's Cave

The river now enters a gorge of red sandstone with high cliffs on either side. High on one of these cliffs stand the ruins of Ochiltree Castle and beneath this can be found Wallace's Cave, where William Wallace allegedly hid from his pursuers.[1]

The river now reaches the end of its journey of some twenty miles and here joins the larger River Ayr which carries its waters to the sea.[1]


Kingfishers and dippers are two of the avian species to be found on its riverbanks, along with yellow and pied wagtails, chaffinch, goldfinch and the tiny wren.


  1. ^ a b c d Ordnance Survey (2014). Lanark & Upper Nithsdale (Map). OS Landranger Map Series. Ordnance Survey. ISBN 9780319229712.
  2. ^ "Barbel Caught on the Lugar". Ayrshire Rivers Trust. Retrieved 13 May 2014. [permanent dead link]

External links

Media related to Lugar Water at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 55°27′N 4°22′W / 55.450°N 4.367°W / 55.450; -4.367

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