Kirktonhall is the Birthplace of Professor Robert Simpson in 1687, accomplished mathematician and Professor at Glasgow University for over fifty years. The building was gifted to the people of West Kilbride, the beautiful landscaped gardens complement this imposing building and provide a wonderful backdrop for the walkways and themed gardens of Kirktonhall Glen. Photo [...]Read More »
On your walk through the town centre, there are other things to enjoy, here are just a few ideas.
A few minutes walk from the railway station is a group of cottages, which have been restored to specifications provided by The National Trust for Scotland and are a good example of Scottish Vernacular style architecture.
The Kirktonhall Glen runs for approximately 1.5 kilometers and attracts local families and visitors to its many paths and gardens. The entrance archway is next to the Caitlin Garden, which is maintained by West Kilbride Initiative Environmental Group.
Other interesting features are the Hunterston Brooch Garden and the Marsh Garden, which both featured on BBC’s Beechgrove Garden in 2002, these are also maintained by the Environmental Group.
Children love walking through the Glen and spotting the many carved wooden animal sculptures – including a giant dragon carved by artist Sandy Campbell.
West Kilbride Village Hall, which is the imposing stone building at the corner of Arthur Street and Ritchie Street, has been one of the focal points of local life since it was built as the West Kilbride Institute in 1900. The building is now owned by North Ayrshire Council who, in 2000, leased it to [...]Read More »
Rich in history, and with a magnificent scenic outlook, Portencross Castle is reputed to have been the last mainland resting place for the bodies of former Scottish kings from the times of Kenneth MacAlpine until the reign of Malcolm Canmore. Situated overlooking the Firth of Clyde near West Kilbride town centre, it is a scheduled [...]Read More »
Visiting Ayrshire & Arran, you really are spoilt for choice. Captivating, lush, rugged and serene, quiet and bustling – these words and more are used to describe Ayrshire and the surrounding countryside. The area is home to a wide range of sporting attractions, including some of the world’s most famous championship links golf courses. The [...]Read More »