This District covers the north-west corner of Ayrshire with a variety of industries ranging from fishing on the coast to heavy engineering and chemicals and the Isle of Arran. Covering the towns of Skelmorlie in the North of the County to Irvine in the south and including Largs, West Kilbride, Seamill, Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Kilwinning, Beith, Dalry.
The Isle of Arran is often described as Scotland in miniature. From the mountainous north of the island to the flatter, rolling lands of the south of the island. The island is mainly rural with further emphasis on tourism. The main village for services, local authority and hospital is Lamlash although ferry services arrive at Brodick which is now the main village for shops. Further villages on the east and south side include Whiting Bay, Sannox, and Corrie, to the West and North are Blackwaterfoot, Lochranza and Pirnmill.
One main road travel around the (mainly) coastline of the island with two further roads crossing centrally and to the south of the island.
There are many excellent walks on the island for all types of walkers.
Bus services are based on the island although these tend to run to ferry timetables. Buses are accustomed to catering for travellers, walkers etc. and the attached gear normally carried.
There are camp sites at various locations throughout the island and other 'green field' sites can be utilised by negotiation with local land owners.
Below is a table of Groups in the District. You may click on a specfic Group, or page through them at your leisure.
|1st & 6th Ayrshire (Irvine)||10th Ayrshire (Shiskine)||15th Ayrshire (Ardrossan)||19th Ayrshire (Kilwinning)|
|19th Ayrshire (Kilwinning)||32nd Ayrshire (Lamlash)||52nd Ayrshire (Saltcoats)||53rd Ayrshire (Largs)||55th Ayrshire (Dalry)||63rd Ayrshire (Kilbirnie)||71st Ayrshire (Skelmorlie)||73rd Ayrshire (Bourthreehill)||102nd Ayrshire (Beith)||Bay Explorer Scouts|
Ayrshires only 'Sea Scout Group', they operate from the town of Irvine. They have a Beaver Colony, Cub Scout Pack, and Scout Troop.
Located at Shiskine, near Blackwaterfoot onthe west side of the island. There are Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Based in Ardrossan, the Group run a Beaver Scout Colony, Cub Scout Pack, and Two Scout Troops.
The 19th is also based in Kilwinning and have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and a Scout Troop.
Web Site : 19th Ayrshire Scouts
This group is located at Lamlash, a few miles south of Brodick. There are Beavers and Cubs.
The Saltcoats group have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts.
This Group hail from Largs and operate 2 Cub Scout Packs and 2 Scout Troops.
The Group operate from Dalry and have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scout Troop.
The Group operate from Kilbirnie and have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scout Troop .
The furthest north of the Ayrshire Groups is based in Skelmorlie and has a Beaver Scout Colony, 2 Cub Scout packs, a Scout Troop.
The Group operate from Bourtreehill, in Irvine, and have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and a Scout Troop.
The Group operate from Beith and have Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and a Scout Troop.
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Author :- Bob McIntyre