Cheap Hotels in Ardrossan
Hotels in Ardrossan
Ardrossan is a small coastal town in Ayrshire, south-west Scotland. An historic port town, it lies on the north side of Irvine Bay, with stunning views across the Firth of Clyde. Only 30 miles from Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, Ardrossan is a world away from the clamour of urban life.
Any visit to Ardrossan must include an exploration of the town's rich past. This past can be traced back to 1140, when a castle, Cannon Hill, was built on the hills above the town. An old legend tells of the 14th-century owner of the castle, Sir Fergus Barclay, Baron of Ardrossan. The baron was said by the townspeople to be in league with the devil. When they inevitably fell out (over the devil's refusal to make ropes out of sand) the devil kicked the castle with his hoof in frustration.
Whether or not you believe this dark tale, the history of what became Ardrossan Castle did not run smoothly thereafter. The castle stood tall until 1648, when Oliver Cromwell ordered its destruction. Today it is known as Cromwell's Fort and is an overgrown jumble of ruins. It is well worth a visit but make sure you go during the day, so that you don't bump into the devil in one of his moods.
Ardrossan's more recent past is far less spooky. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the town was an important shipbuilding centre. Many of the Royal Navy ships that ‘ruled the waves' during the height of the British Empire were constructed in Ardrossan.
Today the dock is home to a ferry port and the new Clyde Marina. If you have a boat of your own, the marina offers the use of one of its 250 fully serviced modern berths. However, for those more interested in the fineries of dry land, the marina also has bars and restaurants for all the family.
Cecchini's Italian Bar and Bistro is the pick of the bunch. Munch on a slice of Cecchini's homemade pizza while looking out over the beautiful views of Scotland's mightiest Firth.
Ardrossan is full of charming old terraced houses that once housed its army of shipbuilders and their families. Today it is more of an affluent commuter town for Glasgow. Stroll through the historic streets with the sound of seagulls echoing overhead. Stop in at the Lauriston Hotel and Restaurant for a warm fish supper and a glass of wine.
If you're feeling sporty, head down to the Ardrossan Indoor Bowling Club to try your hand at the extremely popular local game. If you'd rather just watch, the club also serves food and drink all day
Isle of Arran
Ardrossan is perfectly served to take a day trip to the beautiful Isle of Arran. Catch a ferry from the marina – these run every two hours Monday–Saturday and take about 55 minutes. Once on Arran, the world is your oyster. Visit the Neolithic ruins at the Giants' Graves or the stone circles on Machrie Moor.
Described as a ‘geologist's paradise', Arran has spectacular lowland walks or, if you're feeling more adventurous, breathtaking highlands. The hills on the north of the island are known as Corbetts. The highest of these is Goat Fell. Standing at 2,886 feet, it's the perfect height for climbers of all ages. Once at the top, take in the incredible island views.
Make Ardrossan hotels your windswept base from which to visit Glasgow. The city has enjoyed something of a renaissance in the past decade. Its old industrial heart is full of converted warehouses, now housing trendy bars and restaurants. The architecture of the Glasgow School and its celebrity Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a must-see for arts and crafts fans.
Ardrossan is the perfect destination for an adventurous holidaymaker. The town's charm and beauty will stay with you for a long time after you leave.
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