On westkilbride.net we are slowly putting together some trails that are easy to access in and around our home village. These trails will extend over time and also appear on Google Maps so that you can easily find directions as you travel along them.
Some trails are easy walking, whilst others are better suited to using a car. They are probably not suited to easy disabled use due to the hilly area we live in, and the often difficult access points required on the trails. Therefore we will post detailed descriptions with images on this website and with links on Google maps so that the individual trail points can be enjoyed locally or from a distance as a virtual trail.
Clicking the links below will take you to the various trails but check back again as more will be added over time.
Heritage is a huge part of living in West Kilbride. As locals, we sometimes don’t even notice it all around us – from the Mesolithic on Seamill Beach (16,000 BC) all the way through to the modern day important places such as the childhood home of Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1949), John Boyd Orr.
We have put together two trails –
An “Inner Heritage Trail” which starts at the railway station and runs along the 1,200 year old “Haef Weg” (old Scaldic Norse meaning “way to the sea”, and then along Ritchie Street to our War Memorial (known as the “Auld Town”) and ultimately the childhood home of musical genius, Nicola Benedetti. This trail is a walking trail of forty individual points of interest for visitors and locals alike, and is about 1 mile in length. It can be completed in sections at whatever speed the walker might desire. By connecting on Google maps (symbol – people walking), directions from one point to the next can be played on your phone, tablet or other device with images, explanations and links to more information on the individual points of interest.
An “Outer Heritage Trail” which also starts at the railway station and broadly goes round the outskirts of our village. This trail is several miles in length covering a further 26 points of interest and is probably best travelled in a vehicle. Again, tt can be completed in sections at whatever speed the walker might desire. By connecting on Google maps (symbol – little cars), directions from one point to the next can be played on your phone, tablet or other device with images, explanations and links to more information on the individual points of interest.
By clicking on the links above you will be taken to a page listing the points of interest where you can click on each one to get more information.