Towns & Villages

    This popular Ayrshire holiday resort is found on the coast and boasts a variety of things to see and do.

    In the 1500s, King James V dipped into his own pocket to establish the salt panning industry in Saltcoats, from which the town takes its name.

    The small harbour dates from the late 17th century with later alterations, and at low tide fossilised trees can be seen on the harbour floor. It was in Saltcoats in 1793 that Betsy Miller, the only woman ever to have become a registered ship's captain, was born.

    Saltcoats today is much better known for its picturesque harbour and golden, sandy beaches set around Irvine Bay. Visitors interested in the history of the area will find a comprehensive overview at the North Ayrshire Museum which is housed in a former church.

    Popular attractions in Saltcoats include the Apollo Cinema, Basebowl Ten Pin Bowling and the Saltcoats Town Trail where you can learn about the town’s fascinating heritage.

    Saltcoats is also home to variety shops to browse and cafés, bars, restaurants to dine in.

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