Most people coming here are only transiting through to get to the Isle of Arran.
From the south, the A78 now by-passes Irvine, Stevenston and Saltcoats so Ardrossan is a lot easier to get to. A recommended route avoiding the traffic lights is to stay on the bypass until you pass Ardrossan, turn left and then turn right at a public toilet, following the coast. Stay on this road and then turn right at the crossroads at Princes Street.
From Glasgow, the M8 takes you to Glasgow Airport and at the Airport, the A737 signposted Irvine and going through Dalry is the best route.
Even though the bypass has been built, the main roads around the town centre can be clogged with ferry traffic, especially in the summer, so watch out. Extensive long term parking is available at the Harbour.
A variety of bus services run here from all over the area.
Good train service from Glasgow, with stops in town and at the ferry terminal. As of January 2009 at least one of the signs at South Beach station is full of bullet holes...
From the harbour, you can catch the Cal-Mac ferry to the Isle of Arran.
The nearest is Prestwick Airport, which is less than an hour away by bus. Also convenient is Glasgow Airport.
Shanks pony is the best way to get about or take the bus. Or one of those new fangled car thingies
Don't forget the happy kitchen and the new italian resteraunt doon the harbour (sorry marina aye right its the harbour) Chechi.
There are a few establishments in which to remedy a dry throat in Ardrossan, some less reputable than others. These are...
The Red Herring
The Laurieston Hotel
Free internet access at the Ardrossan Library where there are pleasant, foreigner-tolerant librarians.
The Harbour where a free wifi internet connection is set up.
There are several public phone booths in the centre of town.
Several postboxes around town and a Post Office in neighbouring Saltcoats.
As soon as possible. There are 6 roads out of the town, the train to Glasgow and the ferry to the Isle of Arran. So why the bloody hell do folk want to stay there I do not know. (Could be worse right enought you could stay in Stevenston)