Location and Directions


Formerly well known as The Paraffin Lamp, and owned by award winning Piersland House Hotel in Troon, the Canny Man is only 7 miles south of Paisley on the Gleniffer Braes Road, 8 miles from Newton Mearns and Giffnock, and close to the North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire towns and villages of Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Dalry, Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor. So – for a change – instead of struggling through traffic to Glasgow and its expensive restaurants, why not take a short trip south to a great value country inn and restaurant. Coming from the south? – the inn is only a short drive from Kilmarnock and Irvine.

The Canny Man is possibly the best known landmark in Lugton, a small hamlet in North Ayrshire, in South West Scotland – and once a station stop on the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire railway from Ardrossan to Glasgow.

Very easily found and a great meeting place - this very well known hostelry and North Ayrshire restaurant sits at the junction where the B777 from Kilwinning and Dalry and the B735 from Kilmarnock meet the main A736 road south from Glasgow to Irvine. The inn was traditionally a great stopping point (and still is although lessened by the drink driving rules!) for commuters between Glasgow and Irvine. It is also only a short drive from Glasgow Airport.

Some of the very best inns and restaurants in Ayrshire are in quiet rural locations and this one is no exception. Because of its excellent reputation, it draws not only a strong local audience but many visitors and diners from all over north and east Ayrshire, and many parts of Renfrewshire.

Travel directions

From Glasgow take the M77 south to Thornliebank then the turnoff right to Nitshill where join the A736 south to Barrhead, Uplawmoor and onwards to Lugton.

From Irvine take the A736 road north from the Stanecastle roundabout to Glasgow via Burnhouse

From Kilmarnock take the A735 north via Stewarton and Dunlop which meets the A736 at the turnpike where the Inn sits proudly at the junction.

From Kilwinning take the A738 north to Auchentiber which meets the A736 then north for further 6 miles.

From Dalry take the A737 north for 4 miles to the B777, turn right and follow the signs for Gateside and Lugton.

Nearby places of interest include Rowallan Castle, Dean Castle and Dundonald Castle, Kilwinning Abbey and The Scottish Maritime Centre in Irvine.