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The Museum of Ayrshire County Life & Costume

The Museum of Ayrshire County Life & Costume

Just down the coast, about 15 km from West Kilbride is a town called Kilwinning. Every town has a story, much like everyone has a tale to tell, and so does the former village of Dalgarven. Gathering up their history and what makes them individual and unique provides a way for them to show who they are to others who would take time out of their day to learn something new. This is exactly what the Country Life and Costume Museum of Ayrshire does by showing us many examples of that unique existence.

A flour mill exists on site, hearkening all the way back to when Kilwinning Monks originally maintained one back in the 14h century. Milling has been a staple of the area’s economy in ages past. Though the wheel turns rarely now, the original methods and means with which the monks milled can still be seen. The structure currently in place was built in the 1600s and rebuilt because of a fire that ran through it in the late 1800s. Read the full story


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The Castles of West Kilbride Scotland

The Castles of West Kilbride Scotland

The area in and around West Kilbride in Ayrshire Scotland is the home of four standing castles. As with many towns of Scotland, the castles are an integral part of the area’s rich history that goes back many centuries.

Built in the 15th centurury, Law castle was a gift to the Princess Mary, the oldest daughter of James the II, for her marriage to the Earl of Arran. Law Castle is comprised of five floors that are connected by a stone, spiral staircase and is available as one of Scotland’s most luxurious holiday rentals. It has been completely refurbished and is also available for wedding parties and ceremonies. The restored kitch is completely equipped for catering to the needs of wedding parties. Read the full story


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The Towns of West Kilbride

West Kilbride is itself a village in the North Ayrshire region, but like many rural towns and those who have crawled through the fields to merge into an indeterminable mass, it has joined with two others as well. Kilbride, Seamill, and Portencross are generally considered to be one single community, even though they all have boundaries of their own. Together, as of 2001, they had a combined total population of around 4,000.

West Kilbride was thought to have been a spot visited by an early Celtic saint, Brigid, to establish the early foundations of her church. The name itself suggests there was a cell or a group of her worshippers in the area at one point. Also in the area, you can find remnants of Old roman influence in the form of a fort that resides where the village of Gateside exists. Several of the old roads still exist and many Roman finds from the area are recovered ansd given to museums across Scotland. William Wallace’s uncle Crauford held a home in the area just the north of the village at one point. Read the full story


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West Kilbride the Craft Town

Just off the coast of the Isle of Arran, you will find a town hidden away where crafts are designed and made right in the workshop and displayed in a studio. This is a first hand opportunity to see fine quality craftsmanship by a single maker, ranging from established to just starting out.

Presently there are eight craft studios dedicated to producing high quality work. Raw materials are gathered, designed and transformed on the very premises of the studios. Most studios are opened Thursday through Saturday, but they are sometimes open at additional times. Although work is available to be purchased at the studios, the craftsman may not be in attendance as they have clients and can be called away at short notice. Read the full story


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