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Getting here

Transport connections have been an important feature in the development of industry, craft and trade links between settlements across the area. From turnpikes to roads, canals to railways and jetties to harbours connecting across Ayrshire, the Firth of Clyde, west of Scotland, North Channel or Atlantic Ocean. Today, the area is as connected as it ever was.

Know the Code Before You Go

When accessing the outdoors, we all have a responsibility to respect the interests of others and care for the environment. The Scottish Outdoor Access Code outlines the rights and responsibilities we have. Click the image below to Know The Code Before you Go!


Core Paths throughout the area can be viewed here. The Ayrshire Coastal Path - one of Scotland’s Great Trails - passes through the area on its route between Glenapp and Skelmorlie.


There are two National Cycle Network routes two running through the area:

  • NCN Route 7:
    Connecting Glasgow and Ayr via Lochwinnoch, Kilbirnie, Kilwinning and Irvine
  • NCN Route 73:
    Connecting Kilmarnock and West Kilbride via Irvine, Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan


ScotRail provides regular passenger services seven days a week to stations across the area. Some services may not stop at all stations on routes, check the Scotrail website for timetable information.

Station Glasgow Central - Largs Glasgow Central - Ardrossan Harbour Glasgow Central - Ayr
Ardrossan South Beach
Ardrossan Town
Ardrossan Harbour

Click the tabs below to view the stations on each line.

  • Lochwinnoch
  • Glengarnock*
  • Dalry
  • Kilwinning
  • Stevenston
  • Saltcoats
  • Ardrossan South Beach
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Glengarnock*
  • Dalry
  • Kilwinning
  • Stevenston
  • Saltcoats
  • Ardrossan South Beach
  • Ardrossan Town
  • Ardrossan Harbour
  • Lochwinnoch
  • Glengarnock*
  • Dalry
  • Kilwinning
  • Irvine

*Glengarnock Station is a 30 minute walk from Kilbirnie town centre and a 45 minute walk from Beith town centre. Bus services also run between both towns and the railway station.


A number of bus routes provide services within the area, as well as connecting to destinations across the West of Scotland.

Plan your journey and access timetables for all bus companies online at the or by telephoning 0871 200 22 33 (call charges apply).


CalMac operate services from Ardrossan Harbour to Arran all year round and summer services to Campbeltown.

For timetables and tickets visit or telephone 0800 066 5000 (call charges may apply).


SPT JourneyShare allows you to share car journeys with others, saving money and reducing pollution. For more information click here


There are three main trunk roads that connect all communities in the area:

  • A78
    Cnnecting Ayr with Greenock via Irvine, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan.
  • A71
    Cnnecting Irvine with Kilmarnock and the A77/M77 to Glasgow.
  • A737
    Connecting Paisley with Irvine via Lochwinnoch, Beith, Dalry and Kilwinning (Barrmill and Kilbirnie can also be accessed via the A737).

For timely traffic updates visit or telephone 0800 028 1414 (call charges may apply).

EV Charge Points

The ChargePlace Scotland list of public charging points for electric vehicles can be accessed here.

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