Ardrossan is a historic port town boasting sandy beaches with beautiful views over the Firth of Clyde. It lies on the north side of Irvine Bay between Irvine and Largs, on the north Ayrshire coast. Ardrossan is often referred to as The Three Towns along with Saltcoats and Stevenston.
There is something for everyone in Ardrossan. For sailing enthusiasts, the Clyde Marina offers a variety of facilities including 250 fully serviced berths, a toilet and shower block plus car parking. The marina is also home to Cecchini’s Italian Bar, Bistro and Restaurant which is glass-fronted and offers wonderful views. The town’s two beaches, Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan North Shore, are perfect for coastal walks. South Beach is lined with attractive cafés and tearooms, and also boasts grassy areas, perfect for seaside picnics. It is also the place Ardrossan and Saltcoats merge.
Shipbuilding was one of Ardrossan’s important industries in the 18th and 19th centuries, and today it is home to a ferry port with regular CalMac services to the Isle of Arran. As the gateway to the Isle of Arran, Ardrossan makes for a great stop when travelling to or from the island. Eating options include the Lauriston Hotel and Restaurant and the Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club, which serves meals and snacks throughout the day.
Ardrossan is easily accessible as the town boasts three railway stations, all connected to Glasgow, as well as regular bus services and of course the ferry port.
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