West Kilbride Craft Town Scotland

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The Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9AR

    Nestled on the North Ayrshire coastline overlooking Arran, West Kilbride is Scotland's first accredited Craft Town and winner of a Creative Place Award in 2012 - The Barony Centre and 8 Craft Studios open to the public.

    Nestled on the North Ayrshire coastline overlooking Arran, West Kilbride is Scotland’s first accredited Craft Town.  Known as “The Village’, West Kilbride might be a small town but it offers a great range of independent retailers and designer shops which complement its major cultural attractions, The Barony Centre and Craft Studios.

    The Barony Centre is a stunning conversion of an old church and winner of several architectural awards. 

    • Showcasing a diverse selection of craft based exhibitions, including national touring shows, throughout the year
    • Providing opportunities to buy high quality original, contemporary and heritage craft from our gallery shop
    • Developing a programme of complementary workshops, talks and events

    Open 7 days a week 10am till 5pm except Saturday 12noon till 5pm

    The Barony Cafe is an ideal place to rest and re-charge energy levels.  Based in a stylish contemporary extension to the main building, it serves great coffee and food freshly made in-house using seasonal Ayrshire produce and suppliers whenever possible. Telephone: 01294 823822

    Open: Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 12noon - 5pm

    Please note: The Barony Centre and Cafe opening days and times are different from those of the Craft Town Studio opening hours, see studio details below.

    Next stop on the craft trail dotted along the town's main street is to each of our 8 craft studios which have a workshop area where work is made on the premises, with the added bonus of a display area where you can buy work directly from the person who made it.  Many arrange craft workshops for members of the public, with specially designed projects for new enthusiasts and experienced hands.

    Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 4.00pm
    Some Studios have extended open days.
    For further information visit the Craft Studio Directory: www.crafttownscotland.org
    (We recommend you call before travelling specifically to visit the studios).

    Enjoy the full West Kilbride experience – culture, creativity, high-quality goods and service with attention to detail and the personal touch.


    4 Visitor Attraction
    Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 12:00 17:00

    The Barony Centre cafe opens 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm with last orders at 4.30pm, except Sunday 12noon - 5pm with last orders at 4.30pm


    • Breakfast Available
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Barony Bites Cafe Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Gluten Free
    • Lunch Available Barony Bites Cafe Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Patio/Beer Garden Barony Bites Cafe: Decking area Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Tea & Coffee Available Barony Bites Cafe Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 10am with last orders at 4pm
    • Vegan Meals Available
    • Vegetarian Food Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities
    • Toilets Fully accessible throughout

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Exquisitely made traditional and contemporary craft and design. Price range: under £10 - £100 for giftware, £100 - £2000 for collectible craft and design.
    • Indoor Recreational Facilities The Barony Centre hosts a programme of temporary craft, design and cross-art form exhibitions with complementary creative activities. Our craft studios open to the public a minimum of 3 days per week:Thurs, Fri & Sat. Please see our website for details.

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Designated parking at The Kings Arms Car Park which is 2 minutes from the Barony Centre.
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking Designated Craft Town Scotland parking is available at The Community Centre, Corse Terrace. Please follow Brown Tourism signs. There are other available parking spaces in the surrounding area.
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Outdoor Play Area


    • 24hr CCTV
    • Closed Circuit TV
    • Hearing Loop
    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Rural Location Situated on the North Ayrshire coastline overlooking the Isle of Arran, Seamill and Portencross beaches are within 10 to 20 mins walk of the town centre.
    • Town Centre

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome On-site parking for coaches is not yet available, however we can arrange for parties to be dropped off at The Barony Centre, with alternative parking for coaches within 5 - 10 mins of the town centre. Please email: maggie@crafttownscotland.org
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome We can offer exhibition tours or craft and design based activities by prior arrangement. If you wish to take advantage of these, please email: maggie@crafttownscotland.org in advance of your proposed visit.
    • Non smokers
    • Pets Welcome
    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Unaccompanied Children
    • Young People

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Glasgow Central Station, First Scotrail Route 18 : Glasgow - Ardrossan/Largs. Take the main exit from West Kilbride Station which will lead you to the station garden and car park. Follow the left-hand path onto Cubrieshaw Street, cross over and follow Burnside Place which leads directly onto Main Street. Directions to all facilities can be obtained from W.K. Initiative Shop midway down Main Street.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Leave the M8 at junction 28A, just after Glasgow Airport. The slip road takes you onto the A737 signed for Irvine. Continue through Beith and into Dalry.

    Getting there by ferry:- Ardrossan Harbour, Caledonian Macbrayne : Ardrossan -
    Brodick(Arran) - Ardrossan
    Exit ferry terminal and follow Harbour Street leading directly to Glasgow Street. At the top of Glasgow Street turn left at traffic lights and head north along A78 Largs. West Kilbride is signposted to left. Follow directions to Town Centre which will lead to Main Street. Directions to all facilities can be obtained from W.K. Initiative Shop, 86 Main Street.

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