Irvine Ayrshire

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Irvine is one of the largest Towns in Ayrshire southwest Scotland, 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 and Restaurants.

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 Shops and Diners.

The Train Station is 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.
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Irvine High Street
view looking northwest, the Town Hall has the Tower, and the modern Portal Leisure Centre is to the right, opened in 2017, with the Town Hall now part of the Leisure Centre.

Irvine High Street

The Town Hall was built in 1862 to replace a Tolbooth from the 1300s.

There are a few Bar Diners and Restaurants along the High Street, popular for Drinks and Meals.

A Cobbled Street about 100 yards behind where this image was taken, named Glasgow Vennel, is where the poet Robert Burns stayed when he lived in Irvine 1781 / 82. The Cottage he lived in has a Brass Plaque with information about his stay there. There are a few Old Narrow Streets and Churches in this area worth exploring.

The Robert Burns Museum / Burns Club and Burns Monument are at the north end of the High Street on Eglinton Street, about a half mile walk to the Museum, 1 mile walk to the Monument.

Seagate Castle remains are out that way as well, Townhouse of the Montgomery's of the vast Eglinton Castle and Estate.

runs from the High Street to the Rivergate Shopping Centre, as seen in this image, with Trinity Church on the left built in 1863 with a 170ft spire.

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This Church has recently been restored, now waiting to be used as some sort of business. The area was re-developed between 2012 and 2014, now with Sculptures and a vast Stairway leading up to the Church.

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Rivergate Shopping Centre
view as it crosses the River Irvine, leading towards the vast Car Park at the west side and Train Station.

Rivergate Shopping Centre

Rivergate Shopping Centre from the vast Car Park on the west side.

Irvine Rivergate Shopping

There is a Wetherspoon Bar Diner here and a McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bells, and Tony Macaroni to the right, also to the right are large stores such as Home Bargains, Currys, Carpetright, Tapi Carpets, Sports Direct, Dreams Beds and Next.

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.

The Train Station opened in 1839 on the line between Glasgow Central and Ayr, leading to the Ayrshire Coast becoming a top Holiday Destination for its Beaches and Golf Courses.

The Train Station is just behind where this image was taken, about 30 minutes travel north to Glasgow Central, 20 minutes south to Ayr stopping at Troon and Prestwick.

Scottish Maritime Museum
on Montgomery Street, is a short walk west of the Train Station by the Harbour. Large Image

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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, you can see the workings of Steam Turbines. 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.

Prices for the Museum are around £9 for Adults, £7 Concession, Children £4.50, Children under 3 Free. Tickets for the museum also allow concessions for visiting the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank at Dumbarton.

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Irvine Beach Park
with a Lake that is ideal for Remote Control Boats and an area for Skateboarding.

Irvine Beach Park

Cycle Lanes run throughout the Park that seem to run for miles with parking facilities for hundreds of cars free of charge.

The Ship Inn, oldest Pub in Irvine, is at the Harbour next to the Park, popular for Drinks and Meals. This Inn closed in 2020, but should re-open soon, hopefully. There are other Eateries in the area.

Irvine Beach
is over 1 mile long, next to the Beach Park, with great views over the Firth of Clyde and Island of Arran.

Irvine Beach

This view shows the Beach with a small Car Park that sits out on the Pier, with some Thrill Seekers parking there during Storms.

Irvine Beach is always in great condition, about a 1 mile walk from Irvine Train Station, popular with day tripers from Glasgow as Trains run every 30 minutes, with about a 30 minute travel time to Glasgow Central Train Station.

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Eglinton Country Park
is 3 miles northeast of Irvine centre, open to the public free of charge all year round.

Eglinton Country

There is a Visitor Centre, Cafe, Children's Play Areas and many Scenic Walks in the Park.

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, then said to have been used as Target Practice for Tanks during World War Two.
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Western Gailes
golf course is a challenging 6,639-yard par 74 used for The Open qualifying.

Western Gailes Golf Course

This is the most testing and well-known of the 5 golf courses in Irvine. A really challenging Links Course with all holes right next to the sea.

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

For a Driving Range, 9 hole course and par 3 course for learning, there is the Gails Lodge.

For all Irvine Area Golf Courses with large images and price guides, visit: Ayrshire Golf

Ayrshire Golf Tours provide Golf Packages.

For a Slide Show of Irvine that is like walking around the Town, to view on Phones, Tablets, Computers or up to 60 inch TVs, with History, visit:
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