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The Sense of Place Toolkit covers all of the communities and landscapes within the project area of Places That We Know—the Muirshiel Hills, Lochwinnoch, Garnock Valley, Three Towns, Kilwinning and Irvine.

This geographical area comprises a range of different landscapes each with their own distinctive stories and characteristics. The River Garnock is at the heart of this area and has served and connected many of these communities since the arrival of people thousands of years ago.

Heritage and nature assets

People from across the area have mapped their local heritage and nature assets. You can explore these in the map below, or go to the map page to add your own or filter the different assets by type. You can view a list of the key settlements by settlement below the map.

Assets by settlement

Click the tabs below to open a list of assets for each place. Items marked in bold are key visitor attractions.

  • ARDROSSAN

    Ardrossan Castle (remains of)
    Built
    Old Parish Church (remains of)
    Built
    Horse Isle Beacon
    Built
    Clyde Marina
    Built
    Ardrossan South Beach
    Natural
    Ardrossan North Shore
    Natural
  • BARRMILL

    Cholera Burial Pit
    Built
    Site of Barrmill Station
    Built
    Barrmill Community Centre
    Built
    Barrmill Park & Gardens
    Natural
  • BEITH

    Beith Auld Parish Kirk
    Built
    Beith Townhouse
    Built
    Janefield Cabinet Works
    Built
    Site of Speir’s School
    Built
    Spier’s old school grounds
    Natural
    The mosses; Cockinhead, Auchintiber, Sidehead, Dykeneuk and Lissens
    Natural
  • DALRY

    Site of Doggartland Mill
    Built
    Ryefield House
    Built
    Blair House
    Built
    Lynn Glen
    Natural
    Baidlandhill
    Natural
  • IRVINE

    Site of Gallows
    Built
    Seagate Castle (remains of)
    Built
    Irvine Townhouse
    Built
    Scottish Maritime Museum
    Built
    Grannie Stane
    Built
    Bourtreehill House (remains of)
    Built
    Harbour Pilot House
    Built
    Wellwood Burns Centre & Museum
    Built
    Bogside Flats
    Natural
    Annick Water
    Natural
    Perceton Wood & Bourtreehill Wood
    Natural
    Western Gailes
    Natural
    Dundonald Burn
    Natural
    Shewalton Sandpits & Wood
    Natural
    Odlhapp Ponds
    Natural
    Gailes Marsh
    Natural
    Lawthorn Wood
    Natural
  • KILBIRNIE & GLENGARNOCK

    Radio City
    Built
    Former Stoneyholm Mill
    Built
    Kilbirnie Castle (remains of)
    Built
    Glengarnock Castle (remains of)
    Built
    Site of Glengarnock Iron and Steel Works
    Built
    Kilbirnie Loch
    Natural
  • KILWINNING & DALGARVEN

    Remains of Kilwinning Abbey
    Built
    Abbey Tower and Heritage Centre
    Built
    The Mother Lodge
    Built
    Eglinton Castle (remains of)
    Built
    Ayrshire Museum of Country Life and Costume
    Built
    Eglinton Country Park
    Natural
    Corsehillmuir Wood
    Natural
    Bankhead & High Monkcastle
    Natural
    Dusk Water & Foxcover Plantation
    Natural
  • LOCHWINNOCH

    Collegiate Church (remains of)
    Built
    Barr Castle
    Built
    Castle Semple Visitor Centre
    Built
    Clyde Muirshiel Visitor Centre
    Built
    Glenlora House
    Built
    RSPB Lochwinnoch
    Natural
    Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
    Natural
    Castle Semple Country Park
    Natural
  • SALTCOATS

    Site of Salt Pans and Saltcoats Bathing Pool
    Built
    North Ayrshire Heritage Centre
    Built
    Site of Regal Cinema & Metro Nightclub
    Built
    Harbourmaster’s House
    Built
    Saltcoats Beach
    Natural
  • STEVENSTON & ARDEER

    Site of Seabank House & Nelson’s Tower
    Built
    Kerelaw Castle (remains of)
    Built
    Ardeer ICI Works (remains of)
    Built
    Ashgrove Loch
    Natural
    Stevenston Beach
    Natural
    Ardeer Quarry Local Nature Reserve
    Natural
    Glen Banks
    Natural

Each place has it's many unique assets and stories beyond the ones here.
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