Irvine is one of the
largest towns in Ayrshire,
situated on the coast about
13 miles north of Ayr, with a
long sandy beach, boat
museum, country park, and a
good selection of bar diners
Irvine stretches from the
area of Gailes in the south,
with some top links golf
courses, to Eglinton Country
Park 4 miles north.
The Main Street in the
centre of town, and the large
Rivergate shopping centre
next to the Main Street, are
the busiest parts of town,
with a good selection of
The train station is
situated next to the
Rivergate shopping centre,
with the harbour and beach to
the west of the train
station. The beach is long
with fine sand and the
grassland alongside is miles
long. The beach area has free
parking for hundreds of cars.
By the beach is the large
Magnum Leisure Centre with a
large variety of sports
The Magnum Leisure Centre is
Irvine Beach Park’s main
attraction. The centre has vast car
parking facilities free of charge.
Some of the facilities are ice
skating summer/ curling winter,
swimming, bowls, badmington,
football, fitness centre and more.
For a full list of facilities visit
the website www.kaleisure.com.
You can just turn up and use
many of the facilities for a small
charge, or book in advance any
specific facility through the
website. Tel: Tel: 01294 278
Left is a view of the vast Beach
Park in Irvine with a lake that is
ideal for remote control boats, and
an area for skateboarding.
Cycle lanes run throughout the
park that seem to run for miles
with parking facilities for
hundreds of cars free of
Ship Inn, oldest pub in Irvine,
is situated by the entrance to the
Magnum, popular for drinks and
Right is the long sandy beach at
Irvine, next to the Beach Park,
with great views over the Firth of
Clyde and Island of Arran.
This view shows the beach with a
small car park that sits out on the
pier. Irvine Beach is always in
Prices for the museum are around
£7.50 for adults or £5.50
Concession. Tickets for the museum
also allow concessions for visiting
the Denny Ship Model Experiment
Tank at Dumbarton.
The Irvine Scottish Maritime
Museum, on Montgomery Street, is
situated a few hundred yards
upriver from the Magnum. Tours
start from the main building and
take in restored vessels moored
along the harbour and larger
vessels in dock.
Inside the main building of the
museum is a collection of small
vessels and different types of
marine engines. There are three
restored vessels along the quay
that you can visit. These vessels
however are sometimes away on tours
or in dock being repaired. Tel:
01294 278 283.
Image . Large
Image of Boats .
West of the train station in
Irvine is the Beach Park, and to
the east, as seen in the image
right, is the Rivergate shopping
complex and Retail Park.
This is now the busiest part of
Irvine as there is free parking for
hundreds of cars, and a variety of
shops that sell everything from
sweets to furniture.
Left is a view of the large
Rivergate shopping complex as it
crosses River Irvine leading
towards the town centre.
After crossing the river, there
is an exit onto a pedestrian only
street that leads from the east
side of the Rivergate centre to
Irvine High Street, named
This area was re-developed
between 2012 and 2014. The area now
has sculptures and a vast stairway
leading up to the church.
The Trinity Church Irvine
underwent restoration work at the
same time, it is unclear what the
church will be used as.
Left is a view of Irvine High
Street looking east towards
Kilmarnock. West leads to
Kilwinning Road, Eglinton Country
Park, Kilwinning, Ardrossan and
There are a few bar diners along
the High Street popular for a drink
and inexpensive meals.
Eglinton Country Park is
situated about one mile northeast
of Irvine centre. It is open to the
public free of charge all year
round. There is a visitor centre,
tea house, children's play areas
and many scenic walks in the park.
Tel: 01294 551 776.
Eglinton Estate was awarded to
the Montgomery’s in the 1500s
for their support of Scottish
Kings. The Montgomery’s
abandoned Eglinton Castle and
estate in 1929 after hitting
financial difficulties. The castle
fell into disrepair and is said to
have been used as target practice
for tanks during World War Two.
Eglinton Photo Tour
For all Irvine Area Golf
Courses, visit: www.relevantsearchscotland.co.uk/golf/
Western Gailes golf course is a
challenging 6,639-yard par 74 used
for Open qualifying. This is the
most testing and well-known of the
5 golf courses in Irvine. A really
challenging links course with all
holes being right next to the
Further information on this
course can be found at the website:
For inexpensive golf in Irvine
there is the parks course on the
north side of town named Ravenspark.