"Three Towns" of Ardrossan,
set around a sheltered bay which contains a splendid beach, to the
North West of Kilwinning.
town is overlooked by the ruins of the 15th century Ardrossan
Castle which was ransacked by Oliver Cromwell and many of its
stones taken to help build his citadel at Ayr. All that remains is
a portion of the North Tower, a vaulted kitchen and two cellars.
Today you can hop aboard the CalMac ferry in Ardrossan and 55
minutes later you'll glide into Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran.
and Stevenston offer an old fashioned promenade and traditional
sea front. Saltcoats is also worth visiting for its pedestrianised
shopping and its Pavilion Bowl complex with all weather
entertainment for all of the family. Also in Saltcoats is the
North Ayrshire Museum - housed in the former church of Ardrossan
Parish. The museum displays the various aspects of life in the
North Ayrshire area, with particular emphasis on the "Three
Towns". The building itself, is a fine example of late 18th
century Scottish church architecture with all ornament subsumed to
the strictly Calvinist views of the time.
In Stevenston, the High Kirk, completed in 1833, dominates the
town which also boasts the Auchenharvie
Leisure Centre with its unique two level free form ice rink.
You can also find in the town, the massive ivy-mantled ruins of
Kerelaw Castle, built around 1470. It was originally the seat of
the Earls of Glencairn, but was partly destroyed by fire in 1488
by the Montgomeries who were at feud with the Cunninghames.