Ardrossan is a lovely little town by the seaside.  Stop and spend some time in the town.

This is a little place completely passed through by most people heading to Saltcoats or to Ardrossan harbour to catch the ferry to Arran.

 Ardrossan has three train stations.  If you want to go to the beach get off at South Beach station

and head down South Beach road. 

The town has two lovely beaches.  Imaginatively named North Shore and South Beach.  South Beach

is the one nearest town and it boasts lots of lovely B and Bs, a few churches, a large grassy area

ideal for picnicing on and several seating areas.  For the kids there is also a great adventure playground

which is completely FREE to use.  All the floor area is protected by rubber matting and the area is suitable

for very young kids (there are baby swings) up to young teenagers.

 Parents can enjoy some R and R (rest and relaxation) at the picnic tables and seating areas inside the

fenced off play area or at the seating area just outside the play area.  The park is COMPLETELY fenced in so little ones can't escape.

 The beach also has toilets which are free to use.  There is also a disabled toilet accessed by a RADAR key.


North shore beach has a small picnic area and great views out to Arran.  There is also a toilet which will cost you just

20p entry (instructions on how to use it in various languages) or it is free with a RADAR key.

North beach can be accessed by walking or driving up Glasgow street from South Beach and the town centre and taking a left hand turn at the traffic lights.


Ardrossan is now also home to ASDA.  So you can pick up anything that you need for your picnic or even enjoy a cheap meal at the Asda cafe.

If you happen to be hungry on a Monday, Wednesday or a Friday morning there is also a community cafe open to all at the Church of the Nazarene.  Fill your hungry belly for the price of a donation and pick what you would like to eat from the home made fayre available.

 Ardrossan is home to a lovely marina which is a lovely relaxation stop off point.  The library is nearby to the marina and the Ardrossan Town train station.  Internet access is free to members of the library for one hour per day.  Non members can also use the library on a one off basis - see librarian for further information.  Children´s rhyme time sessions and other after school and school holiday activities are often held at the library.


There are several little coffee and tea shops down at the bottom end of Glasgow Street (main part of town).

Ardrossan also has a chip shop and Indian restaurant down that end.  Bargain hunters might also enjoy a rummage

at the Cancer Care charity shop!


At the top end of Glasgow street you will find the famous PLAZA cafe/ fish and chip shop.  Also located at this end of

the street is a small chinese restaurant and a garage/ petrol station.