Cheap Hotels in Irvine
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Hotels in Irvine
Set in the Scottish county of North Ayrshire, Irvine Hotels offer access to the area's rich industrial and maritime history, with the sights and sounds of Glasgow only a short drive away.
Dreghorn, formerly a separate village from Irvine and now part of the town, contains some of the oldest archaeological remains of humans in Scotland, dating back to the Mesolithic era. There are also an abundant number of Iron Age hill forts. One of the most puzzling signs of Irvine's ancient past is the Grannie Stone – a large boulder that can be seen at low tide in the River Irvine below the Rivergate Centre. How the boulder came to be in the middle of the river is a mystery, with some attributing it to glacial movements and some claiming that the stone is all that remains of a stone circle.
Irvine is perhaps best known for its harbour, which was one of the most important ports in Scotland during the 16th century. The importance of the harbour waned during the 19th century with the growing prominence of Glasgow, but the historical heritage of the area remains. Irvine is proud of its maritime history, and the best place to get a glimpse of this is at the Scottish Maritime Museum. Both education and fun, the museum is a great choice for family trips, giving visitors a chance to step into the past in a restored Shipyard Workers' Tenement Flat, practice manoeuvring a remote controlled boat, and learn about the engineering behind ship making.
Castles and museums
A trip to Scotland isn't complete without marvelling at a country's famous castles. Make your way to the nearby Dundonald village and you'll find Dundonald Castle, a medieval tower house that dates back to 1371 when it was built by King Robert II to mark his succession to the throne. Also worth a trip is the village of Dalgarven, where you'll find The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume where you can learn about Victorian Grain Mills and dress up in period costumes.
Drive north and you'll soon come to the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, an area of exceptional natural beauty and a great choice if you're looking for long walks and fresh air. Across the water from Irvine is the Isle of Arran, home to Brodick Castle. If you'd rather pamper yourself with some retail therapy or want to explore Scotland's contemporary culture, drive northeast and you'll soon come to Scotland's largest city, Glasgow.
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