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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.


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][add listing]

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.
panoramic view of West Kilbride

Do[edit][add listing]

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.

West Kilbride Glen

Buy[edit][add listing]

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][add listing]

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][add listing]

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

  • the wee deli, 2 Ritchie street West kilbride, 01294 822015. A tardis of food delights. Best known for the wee deli pate & soups.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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.

Get out[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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