From its fabulous west coast location, North Ayrshire is well known for its stretches of sandy beaches, finest cruising waters, beautiful islands of Arran and Cumbrae, huge range of outdoor pursuits and famous Viking connections. But delve a bit deeper and you will also discover a land filled with myth and legend, castles and heritage, craft and culture, abundant wildlife and superb local produce. Add in whisky, Burns, festivals and world class golf, and you will find North Ayrshire has everything Scotland is most famous for.
Just 30 minutes from Glasgow City Centre, North Ayrshire encompasses bustling coastal towns from Irvine up to Skelmorlie, the beautiful countryside of the Garnock Valley and the idyllic islands of Arran and Cumbrae. With so much to see and do, amazing places to eat and stay, and warm, welcoming people with that typical west coast humour, North Ayrshire is perfect for a day trip, short break, holiday or venue for a special celebration.
For further information on North Ayrshire please visit: https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/ayrshire-arran/
Home to Dundonald Links and the principal town and commercial centre for North Ayrshire, Irvine has lots to offer curious, energetic or chilled out day trippers.
Town or village, countryside or coast, budget or luxury, you will find loads of accommodation options to choose from in Irvine and across North Ayrshire. Enjoy a warm welcome at a wide range of hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and caravan parks. There’s also plenty of self-catering accommodation too. For more information go to www.visitscotland.com or www.visitarran.com
By car: Approx journey times
Glasgow – 30 mins
Edinburgh – 1 hour 45 minutes
By train: Regular services from Glasgow Central to Ayr, Largs and Ardrossan, stopping at all the main North Ayrshire towns. Kilwinning is the connecting station in
North Ayrshire, with trains to all the other towns.
By ferry: Calmac services
Adrossan to Brodick (Isle of Arran)
Largs to Cumbrae (Millport)
Lochranza (Isle of Arran) to Claonaig (Mull of Kintyre)
Campbeltown to Ardrossan