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We understand some days in your life are extra special. We really do. And we appreciate that few, if any, are more important than your wedding day. You want to know it’s in safe, capable, passionate hands. As many of our hotels are licensed for civil ceremonies, we’re also happy to host your actual wedding as well as your reception. Whatever your choice, when you get hitched, we’ll make sure your special day goes without a hitch. That’s a Hallmark promise.

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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: Kildonan_1,_Isle_of_Arran,_North_Ayrshire,_Scotland

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 PG_1063Burns_Naysmithcrop  

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.  

15822014837_86e76f1239_b3. 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

Royal_Company_of_Archers_painting_detailIn the 12th Century, Irvine was a military capital and was once the headquarters of the Lord High Constable of Scotland, Hugh de Morville.  

2748321_fa8134975. 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.  

2196485_e10763686. 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.  

Irvine_from_the_river,_Scotland-LCCN20017060277. 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.  

harbourside-4508. 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 yearRoyalParty2012

To celebrate the visit of Mary Queen of Scots, the town holds an annual Marymass celebration.  

10. The Irvine Hallmark HotelHallmark - Irvine 62

The best place to eat, drink or stay in Irvine is the luxurious Hallmark Hotel Irvine!    

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