Tour Clyde Coast
Welcome to Catswhiskerstours guide to the Clyde Coast on the West of Scotland.
This is a popular tourist drive spanning 120 miles (208 Km) covering the coastal route between Stranraer and Old Kilpatrick.
Tell me a little about the Clyde Coastal Route
The journey takes a minimum of three hours and offers views of the Firth of Clyde (bay or estuary), Northern Ireland, various islands, castles, marinas, raised beaches, rural landscapes, harbours, golf courses and the option to connect with Scotland’s industrial history.
Tell me more of sightseeing opportunities along the Clyde Coast.
The following is a summary listing from south to north:-
- Close to Stranraer is the ferry terminal of Cairnryan which serves the Scotland-Northern Ireland route.
- Ballantrae: Coastal village with beach, ruined medieval castle and views to Isle of Arran and Kintyre.
- Girvan: A small town with harbour, beaches and cliffs.
- Ailsa Craig: A small island of volcanic origin 10 miles offshore. A source of granite for manufacture of curling stones.
- Turnberry: A small coastal village famous for the Trump Turnberry golfing resort.
- Culzean Castle: 18th century mansion with extensive grounds, gardens and views across to Isle of Arran. Popular visitor attraction.
- Dunure Castle: A ruin with history dating from 13th century. Excellent views of coast.
- Alloway: A village a few miles inland where can be found the birthplace of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns.
- Ayr: Administrative town on coast with long, sandy beaches and racecourse. Named after River Ayr which runs through the town.
- Prestwick: A coastal town with airport, sandy beaches and historic golf course.
- Troon: Sandy beaches and famous Royal Troon Golf Club.
- Dundonald Castle: Ruined 14th century fortress overlooking coast.
- Saltcoats: Ancient small town on coast. In bygone days salt was harvested from sea water here.
- Ardrossan: Historic port town and ferry terminal with sandy beach.
- Portencross Castle: Restored, small medieval castle on edge of coast dating from 14th century.
- Largs: Popular holiday location with Viking connections and marina.
- Wemyss Bay: Pleasant town on coast with railway and ferries to Isle of Bute.
- Inverkip: A coastal village famous for its large boating marina.
- Gourock: Resort and residential town on coast with ferry services to Dunoon across the River Clyde. Refer this video clip for spectacular views from Tower Hill.
- Greenock: Former shipbuilding site with impressive civic buildings. Large cruise ships now call here. There is a Roman fortlet on the hill overlooking Greenock.
- Port Glasgow: Long associated with shipbuilding. Home to Newark Castle. Unique, 18th century timber ponds can be viewed at low tide.
- Old Kilpatrick. A village on the north bank of the River Clyde and in shadow of Erskine Bridge. There was a Roman fort here in the 2nd century AD.
How can Catswhiskerstours help with a tour of the Clyde Coast?
- Customised tours for groups. Such could be undertaken as a day trip from Glasgow or as part of the journey from/to ferry ports of Cairnryan or Troon en-route from/to Northern Ireland.
- As part of a tour connected with a Robert Burns or other themed visit to Ayrshire.
- As part of a self-drive tour arranged by Catswhiskerstours.
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