Scotland's Road Trips


The Coig - The Shiel

55 miles / 88 km
Largs Sea Front – Greenock Cut and Loch Thom

Passing through North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, The Shiel touring route is one of five routes to make up The Coig in the west of Scotland.  It combines seaside towns and stunning views with the sprawling Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park which is packed full of activities, walks and experiences for all ages. Read on to find some of the best attractions to be enjoyed along the way.

  1. Largs Sea Front

    The fascinating history of the popular seaside town of Largs in North Ayrshire includes links to the Vikings and the Battle of Largs 1263.

  2. Pencil Monument

    The iconic Pencil Monument in Largs was built to commemorate the Battle of Largs in 1263 when Scottish forces defeated the King of Norway.

  3. Kelburn Castle and Country Centre

    It's instantly recognisable for its brightly coloured murals and Kelburn Castle & Country Centre offers a fun day out for all the family.

  4. Portencross Castle

    Discover the history of Portencross Castle, said to be the last resting place for Scottish kings, before they were taken to Iona for burial.

  5. Scotland's Craft Town - West Kilbride

    Scotland's first and only dedicated Craft Town, West Kilbride celebrates the unique creativity from makers of all types of crafts.

  6. Seamill Beach

    Relax and unwind on the popular beach in North Ayrshire which lies between Seamill and West Kilbride.

  7. Kilwinning Abbey

    Both peaceful and turbulent in equal measure, learn more about the history of the 12th century Kilwinning Abbey.

  8. Castle Semple Country Park

    Castle Semple Country Park is the gateway to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and is a real treat for the family, with wildlife and walks aplenty.

  9. Muirshiel Country Park

    A haven for walkers, cyclists and wildlife spotters, Muirshiel Country Park is a perfect spot to enjoy a day out with the family.

  10. Greenock Cut & Loch Thom

    Learn more about a fascinating slice of 19th century engineering at the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre, part of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

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