The 10 Best Things to Do in Irvine, United Kingdom (UK)

September 5, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Irvine, United Kingdom (UK) including Eglinton Country Park, Artastic, Dundonald Castle, Troon Beach, Dean Castle and Country Park, Caledonian MacBrayne - Day Trips to Arran & Argyll, Saltcoats Beach, Bridges Bar, Scottish Maritime Museum, Dalgarven Mill.
Restaurants in Irvine

1. Eglinton Country Park

Irvine KA12 8TA, Scotland +44 1294 551776
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 260 reviews

Eglinton Country Park

Reviewed By macindog - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

We dropped in after a walk around the park, hoping for tea and a cake. It was almost 3pm but the staff were busily clearing up and putting all the offering away. Asking if they were closed (got ignored the first time) got a "we close at 3:30 so it's take away only." By that time one of them had pushed the chairs over and managed to block the door.
We decided that they didn't want anyone disturbing their clean up so we took our custom away.
Very poor customer service!

19 Almswall Road, Kilwinning KA13 6BL, Scotland +44 1294 554557
Excellent
96%
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5 based on 120 reviews

Artastic

An Arts and Craft Centre for Family Fun Days out! No studio fee! Suitable for children and adults alike We also specialise in Birthday Parties winning Netmums best party venue in Scotland 2013

Reviewed By Juleshalford - Kilwinning, United Kingdom

visited here with my grandkids during the Easter holidays as they were board. Was met by a lovely young lady Gemma, she was very helpful & kept the children entertained & engrossed in what they were doing Highly recommend For children who enjoy experiencing their...MoreThank you for taking the time to review Artastic I will pass your kids words on to Jemma.

3. Dundonald Castle

Winehouse Yett, Dundonald KA2 9HD, Scotland +44 1563 851489
Excellent
75%
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22%
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3%
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

Dundonald Castle

Built in 1371, Dundonald Castle is a splendid example of a medieval tower house, with a fine barrel-vaulted ceiling in the lower hall. Sitting on a prominent hilltop in Dundonald village, Dundonald Castle commands fine views over the Firth of Clyde. The castle was built on the site of earlier Castles belonging to the High Stewards of Scotland and can be regarded as the cradle of the Stewart Dynasty. Explore the high-vaulted halls and gloomy dungeons of this splendid stronghold, perched on a hill above the village. The main tower was built in the 1370s by King Robert II to mark his succession to the throne. Its heritage is explored in the visitor centre. The castle visitor's centre includes an exhibition illustrating the history of the site and a display of some of the artefacts found during archaeological excavations on the hill. There is also a souvenir shop and a small cafeteria.

Reviewed By David T - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Been in neighbourhood many times and did not know this castle was here, but situated on top of a small but steep hillock, this stone ruin has interesting features of a few Castles being built on this site. A steep spiral stair takes you up...MoreHi David, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!

4. Troon Beach

Troon, Scotland
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

Troon Beach

Reviewed By thebrowns565 - Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Took a long walk along this beautiful beach in the wind and a light snow shower on Saturday 13th Januuary, 2018 for some fresh air and exercise. The views were dramatic and spectacular given the weather conditions. Usually visit this beach on a sunny day and sit to watch the sun go down. Both as equally exhillirating!

5. Dean Castle and Country Park

Dean Road, off Beansburn Road B7038, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB, Scotland +44 1563 554734
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 407 reviews

Dean Castle and Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle and beautiful woodland walks. The Country Park has completed a project to upgrade its Rural Life Centre, play park and Visitor Centre. The Castle is now closed for restoration and works will begin in June 2018. From June 2018, you will be able to see the museum collections normally on display in Castle at the Dick Institute, Elmbank St, Kilmarnock. Join us for different holiday activities with the Ranger Service over Easter and summer.

Reviewed By traceyAyrshire - ayrshire

Had a nice time , lots of lovely walks and animals to see. Play park for the kids and lovely tea room

6. Caledonian MacBrayne - Day Trips to Arran & Argyll

Harbour Rd | Ferry Terminal, Ardrossan KA22 8ED, Scotland +44 800 066 5000
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Caledonian MacBrayne - Day Trips to Arran & Argyll

Arran, Argyll and the surrounding Islands will open your eyes and heart to the beauty of Scotland. Enjoy day trips to the blossoms of Achamore Gardens, Historic Brodick Castle, take a lunch cruise in Kintyre, take on the challenge of the Five Ferries and much more.

Reviewed By Emma B

Great service Friendly staff Very accommodating when hubby and I and 30 guests travelled over for our wedding in 2008 Go to Arran annually Beautiful island xxx

7. Saltcoats Beach

Montgomerie Cres, Saltcoats, Scotland
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 114 reviews

Saltcoats Beach

Reviewed By Sand M - Dundee, United Kingdom

What a pleasure walking along the beach with the kids in their wellies boots. A must at this time of the year. However, good to see no amusements ripping parents and grandparents off when they do go down for a walk. Nice to see it is kept clean and tidy. A must for dog walkers where a brisk walk along the beach to Ardrossan is a pleasure

8. Bridges Bar

1 Kilmarnock Road, Crosshouse KA2 0EZ, Scotland +44 1563 533310
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5 based on 1 reviews

Bridges Bar

Reviewed By Dean W

Here at the Bridges Bar we like to believe that we offer great customer service, friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere! ! We are aiming to provide comfortable and relaxing surroundings and very soon a Pizzeria. ...offering fresh, handmade pizzas to order!
We have a large 6 foot screen to view all the latest sports on as well as a pool table and darts!
Weekends we have Karaoke and a DJ for you to enjoy.
Pop in and say hello next time you are passing.
We look forward to seeing you!!

9. Scottish Maritime Museum

6 Gottries Road | The Linthouse Building, Irvine KA12 8QE, Scotland +44 1294 278283
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Scottish Maritime Museum

The Scottish Maritime Museum is based in the west of Scotland,with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton. At these two sites, the Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic ships, artefacts, shipbuilding machinery, machine tools, and fascinating personal items.Many of these exhibits can be found inside the Linthouse Building in Irvine, a unique Grade A listed, 19th-century historic building known as the Linthouse Engine Shop 'Cathedral of Engineering and at the Denny Tank in Dumbarton, the world's first commercial ship model experiment tank.

Reviewed By Thomas S H

An interesting and educational walk around a surprisingly spread out array of exhibits on a very cold windy day. The main hall was also quite chilly which in view of the outside temperatures was perhaps understandable.
The tenement flat for the shipbuilding workers brought back memories and was well brought to life by the guide and the tea room was justifiably busy and good value.
A worthwhile day out.

10. Dalgarven Mill

Kilwinning KA13 6PL, Scotland +44 1294 552448
Excellent
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Dalgarven Mill

Reviewed By 2017lyn - Kirkmichael, United Kingdom

This old mill is crammed full of historical interest; predominantly costume and farm implements gathered from Ayrshire. And what a collection! The collection of costumes on display, which are genuine and not replicas, are in great condition and beautifully displayed. While not so familiar with...MoreWe're delighted you enjoyed your visit, there are so many more costumes in our collections! Hope you visit again soon!

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