West Kilbride

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West Kilbride is a historic small town in North Ayrshire, Scotland.

In September 2006, West Kilbride won First Prize in the "Enterprising Britain 2006" award, for its "Craft Town Scotland" initiative.

Portencross Castle

Get in[edit]

By car - the A78 - picturesque coastal route, wending through North Ayrshire; by bus - Stagecoach and Shuttle Buses both provide a regular service; by rail - regular passenger trains from Largs to Glasgow Central Station; by air - Prestwick Airport and Glasgowe Airport are convenient.

Get around[edit]

Eddie's Taxis. Tel: 01294 822 812.

See[edit]

West Kilbride Craft Town; West Kilbride Museum; Portencross Castle; Law Castle; Kirktonhall Glen (picturesque woodland walk from West Kilbride to Seamill); Seamill Beach; Ardneil Bay.


Do[edit]

Play golf at West Kilbride Golf Club, Fullarton Drive, Seamill. This well-respected 18-hole links course offers many challenges to test even the seasoned golfer. The fabulous view of Arran makes a wonderful backdrop to your game - and you may find it hard not to take your eye off the ball! Relax in the clubhouse afterwards.

Kirktonhall Glen is a woodland walkway leading from West Kilbride to Seamill, gifted to West Kilbride in 1924 by Robert Barr.[citation needed] Through it flows the Kilbride Burn which enters the Firth of Clyde at Seamill.

Seamill Beach

Buy[edit]

West Kibride has recently been dubbed "The UK's Capital of Enterprise" because of its pioneering Craft Town Scotland initiative. Its growing colony of top-class craftspeople and retail shops deserves your support. Now is the time to invest in original and stylish works of art - for example, from Silversmith Marion Kane [1]; Nicola Beattie, candle-maker; and many others.

A Gift Tae Gie at 45 Main Street offers a fantastic array of gifts, toys, cards and interior accessories for all ages.

Glenbryde at 31 Ritchie Street specialises in the sale of quality clocks and barometers.

Eat[edit]

The Cherry Orchard - delightful coffee-shop in the heart of West Kilbride; various Indian and Chinese take-aways in the centre of town; Seamill Hydro Hotel and Resort - beautiful restaurant with a la carte and table d'hote menus. Further afield - Fins award-winning seafood restaurant, Fairlie; Braidwoods award-winning restaurant, Dalry; various hotels, restaurants, cafes and eateries at Largs.

Drink[edit]

The Kilbride Tavern and the King's Arms are typical Scottish pubs, located in the heart of West Kilbride.

  • the wee deli2 Ritchie street West kilbride +44 1294 822015. A tardis of food delights. Best known for the wee deli pate & soups.

Sleep[edit]

Carlton Seamill Bed & Breakfast. Impressive Scottish Victorian house and garden. Rooms from £50 per couple per night. Generous Traditional Scottish Breakfast. Address: 53 Ardrossan Road, Seamill, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, KA23 9NE. Tel: 01294 822075. E-mail: carlton@westkilbride.net. Web-site: www.carlton-seamill.com.

Go next[edit]

Major tourist attractions near here are: - Isle of Arran (Brodick); Isle of Cumbrae (Millport); Isle of Bute (Rothesay and Mount Stuart); Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park; Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park; City of Glasgow; Robert Burns Heritage Trail; Kelburn Castle and Country Estate; Culzean Castle and Country Estate; many important golf courses within easy reach - for example, Royal Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry - and West Kilbride's own Golf Club.

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