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One of Ayrshire's largest towns, Irvine offers a long, sandy beach with stunning views and a beach park, as well as a boat museum, a large shopping centre and a numerous selection of bars and restaurants.

The Main Street in the centre of town, and the large Rivergate shopping centre next to the Main Street, are the busiest parts of town, with a good variation of shops offering a mix of both independent and major retail stores.

You will never go hungry with so many local cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from.

Irvine is known for its harbour which has become a major west coast seaport. It now houses the main site of the Scottish Maritime Museum, located in a former shipyard building.

For golf enthusiasts, Irvine also has several quality links golf courses, perfect for a couple of invigorating rounds. Book tee times at the likes of Dundonald Links, Gailes, Western Gailes and Irvine Bogside.

In an almost central location of Ayrshire, Irvine has easy access to many of the other attractions and events Ayrshire has to offer as well as your choice of accommodation, anything from luxurious hotels to self-catering. 

There are easily accessible routes to get to Ayrshire when flying into Glasgow or Edinburgh with regular bus and train services. Prestwick Airport has direct train to Irvine running up to two times an hour taking less than 15 minutes all in. Irvine train station is situated right next to the Rivergate shopping centre, less than a 10-minute walk to the towns centre.

Access to Irvine by car is fairly simple via the motorway, following the M77 from Glasgow and M8 from Edinburgh before joining onto the A77 and A71 straight to Irvine.

Irvine has it all, whether you’re looking for a quiet, calm get away or night out on the town. Play a few rounds of golf or go on a shopping spree and finish up with a drink and a delicious meal from one of the many bars and restaurants. Or visit locations of the town’s rich history, such as the oldest active Burn’s Club in Scotland. If you’re looking to be a bit more active, take your pick from the many cycle and walking paths Irvine has to offer.

Irvine is a great place for everyone no matter who you are!

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See & Do Irvine

Whether you're looking to be active or more sedentary there is something for everyone in Ayrshire.
Explore what you can see and do around the area from family attractions, to music and sports venues or rediscover the great outdoors. There's something for everyone!


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Stay Irvine

Ayrshire is blessed with accommodation to suit every taste and budget from luxury resort hotels to quirky B&Bs and cottages and everything in between.
Explore where you can stay for your next visit from great coastal locations, island escapes to wonderful rural retreats. Ayrshire accommodation is available and affordable.


Eat & Drink Irvine

Ayrshire is blessed with the finest local produce which then makes up the menus of cafes, bars and restaurants in every town and village.
Explore the tastes of Ayrshire in a variety of wonderful locations and find the right location for your taste buds whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner - or something in between!

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