10 interesting facts about Irvine
Irvine is a town on the coast of the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire, but how much do you know about this Scottish jewel? Here are 10 interesting facts about the town:
1. Irvine is the biggest town in North AyrshireWith a population of just under 34,000, Irvine is the largest settlement in North Ayrshire
2. Robert Burns lived in IrvineScotland’s foremost poet worked in a flax mill in Irvine. There are two streets here named after him: Burns Street and Burns Crescent.
3. Nicola Sturgeon was born in IrvineThe First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party was born in Irvine in 1970.
4. Irvine has a military historyIn the 12th Century, Irvine was a military capital and was once the headquarters of the Lord High Constable of Scotland, Hugh de Morville.
5. It had a building just for recording the tideAt the harbour is a unique building that marked the tide level. A pulley system attached to a mast marked ‘the state of the tide’, and at night, a number of lights were used as markers. This apparatus is no longer in use.
6. A legendary ship was moored hereThe historic clipper ship City of Adelaide was moored in an Irvine dry dock. In 2013, it sailed to Adelaide, South Australia where it remains today.
7. It’s a ‘new’ town with plenty of historyIrvine was extensively developed in the 1960s and became known as a ‘new’ town, despite the fact that it had been a Royal Burgh since 1372.
8. It was once a major portUp until the 18th Century, Irvine was the third largest port in Scotland.
9. Mary Queen of Scots is celebrated every yearTo celebrate the visit of Mary Queen of Scots, the town holds an annual Marymass celebration.
10. The Irvine Hallmark HotelThe best place to eat, drink or stay in Irvine is the luxurious Hallmark Hotel Irvine!
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