10 interesting facts about Irvine
1. Irvine is the biggest town in North Ayrshire
With a population of just under 34,000, Irvine is the largest settlement in North Ayrshire
2. Robert Burns lived in Irvine
Scotland’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 Irvine
The First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party was born in Irvine in 1970.
4. Irvine has a military history
In 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 tide
At 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 here
The 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 history
Irvine 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 port
Up until the 18th Century, Irvine was the third largest port in Scotland.
9. Mary Queen of Scots is celebrated every year
To celebrate the visit of Mary Queen of Scots, the town holds an annual Marymass celebration.
10. The Irvine Hallmark Hotel
The best place to eat, drink or stay in Irvine is the luxurious Hallmark Hotel Irvine!
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