Just along the coast from Irvine is the seaside town of Saltcoats, which joins with the neighbouring towns of Ardrossan and Stevenson around the golden sands of Irvine Bay.
The town's name derives from the traditional industry of salt production from seawater, once carried out in the workers cottages or 'salt-cots'.
This traditional town started life as a fishing village but gained prosperity, like so many others in this part of Scotland, through the shipping and shipbuilding industries in the 19th century. It became very popular in the Victorian era as a coastal resort and remains popular today due to its fine beaches and attractive harbourside.
The centre of Saltcoats has a small number of number of shops.
Enjoy the beaches then pop into Irvine or up to Largs along the coast