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Saltcoats is a small town in Ayrshire in Scotland, next to Ardrossan.


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Get around


East Shore, Stevenston
  • Saltcoats Harbour - Not a startling place at the moment but a proposed regeneration could see the area once again become a prominent part of the town.
  • South Beach - The busiest beach in the area. The promenade is frequented by a high percentage of the population and on a nice day it really is second to none for beaches within easy reach of Glasgow - being 2 minutes from the railway link to the city.
  • Stevenston Beach - Just south of the town centre. It is much quieter than South Beach, but when the sea is rough and the tide is in, it is also incredibly dangerous.
  • Isle of Arran - the views of the island from South Beach are beautiful.
  • St Cuthbert's Church - A fantastic piece of architecture, built in 1908, it is by far the finest church in the area. A highlight are the small carvings that can be seen at the entrances to the building and inside the church itself.


Take a trip to the Isle of Arran from nearby Ardrossan.

Go to the Apollo Cinema on the seafront.

Take a stroll down the town centre and marvel at the plentiful Pound Shops.

Go to South Beach and tan yourself (if the weather is nice).

Go for a swim, the water is only cold for a few seconds and the water quality is high.

There are hovercraft rides available on the beach during Summer.

See the Saltcoats Rock festival in mid-July.

Visit the North Ayrshire Museum near the Post Office.

Play pool at the Non Such Amusements

Go for a night out at The Metro

Take your friends out and celebrate on a pub crawl around the 15 closely situated watering holes.

Go ten pin bowling at the Basebowl on Hamilton Street.

Play Crazy Golf at South Beach.


There are many shops in Saltcoats' town centre. Most are found on the following four streets:

Hamilton Street

Sainsburys, Acorn Pet Store, Stems and Gems, Gallagher Pharmacy, Photography Shop, Wedding Shop, Sports Shop, Starks the Newsagents, The Kandy Bar Bakery, Clydesdale Bank, Barclays Bank, Charity Shop, Betting Shop, Criminal Lawyer, Stewarts Travel, Thomas Cook

Chapelwell Street

Post Office, Solicitors, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sports and Rainwear, British Heart Foundation

Dockhead Street

Ethel Austins, Several Hairdressers, Salvation Army Store, Shoe Shop, Timpsons, Specsavers, Pound King, Poundland, Pound Express, 2 Card Shops, Happit, 2 Butchers, Dino's the Greengrocers, Greggs Bakery, Job Centre, Fraser's Travel, Gregor Watsons - Electrical goods, Betting Shop, Bank of Scotland, JAS Campbell Solicitors

Countess Street

Ivor Spanner Toy Shop, The Clip Joint, Barrhead Travel, Semi-Chem, Beanstocks

ALDIs and Iceland are found at the harbourside.


Saltcoats has a huge number of places to eat, of varying degrees of quality, it has to be admitted. Here are a few found near the town centre.

For small bites to eat...

  • The Melbourne Cafe
  • The West End Cafe
  • Del Greco's Cafe
  • The Kandy Bar

For Bar Meals...

  • The Salt Cot
  • The Hip Flask
  • The Flask
  • Sullivans
  • Sawney Beans
  • The Apollo

For Indian Food...

  • The Punjab

For Chinese Food...

  • Ocean
  • The Shan Moon


There is a plethora of drinking establishments in the town, mostly situated around Hamilton Street and Dockhead Street in the town centre.

The Salt Cot - A J.D. Wetherspoons pub

The Hip Flask

The Basebowl

The Apollo

The Non Such

The Crown


Sawney Beans

The Victoria

Bar One

Bobby's Bar

The Elms Bar

Courtney's Bar

The Flask

The Albion

Saltcoats also has a nightclub called The Metro - caution should be taken when going to the club as there is often violence there. On the whole, a visit should be a trouble-free experience but care should be taken at all times and confrontation always avoided.


Aside from the pavement outside The Metro any sort of accommodation is very hard to come by. There are several bed and breakfasts in the area as well as the Laurieston Hotel at South Beach which has a small number of rooms.

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