This evening, I am focusing on Ardrossan, a sizeable town on the North Ayrshire coast and important ferry port.

Ardrossan is located on a promontory some 30 miles S.W. of Glasgow. Population is about 11,000. The name translates from its Gaelic origins as ‘cape of the little cape’.

A castle was built in the area in the 12th century but this was substantially demolished in the 17th century. During the 18th and 19th centuries Ardrossan grew in importance in tandem with the industrial revolution. The Earls of Eglinton were instrumental in developing the harbour which was used for shipments of heavy industry materials. There was also a shipbuilding industry. A canal was proposed linking Glasgow with Ardrossan but this went over budget and was never fully completed. Later the line of the canal was converted to a railway.

Today, Ardrossan is undergoing regeneration. The town benefits from a sandy beach and no less than three railway stations. Most of the harbour is occupied by a marina for pleasure craft, as shown in the video clip below.

Ardrossan has a major role as a ferry terminus linking the Scottish mainland with  Brodick on the Isle of Arran to the west. This entails a journey of about 55 minutes across the Firth of Clyde.

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