THE THREE TOWNS

No. 1 Magazine - - Interios & Lifestyle -

They’re a dif­fer­ent SAS, with a strictly non-mil­i­tary back­ground. Salt­coats, Adrossan and Steven­son are three towns on the Ayr­shire coast and each have proven to be reg­u­lar stop­pin­goff places for hol­i­day-mak­ers go­ing “doon the wat­ter”. All three are so close to­gether, they could prac­ti­cally be one sin­gle town. Salt­coats, in its ear­li­est years, had few in­hab­i­tants and the name de­rives from their hum­ble cot­tages they lived in and the work they laboured over, mak­ing salt in ket­tles. It was King James V who in­tro­duced this in­dus­try in the1500s. Nowa­days, the Salt­coats Town Trail is a loop that re­veals the town’s his­tory with at­trac­tions such as the North Ayr­shire Mu­seum. The roots of Ar­drossan (from the Gaelic Aird Ro­sain, “headland of the deer”) can be traced back to the 12th cen­tury and the con­trac­tion of its cas­tle. De­stroyed by Cromwell in 1648, lit­tle is left but the ruins of its north tower. An un­usual claim for the town is the fact that it was the Euro­pean site for the first suc­cess­ful re­cep­tion of ra­dio sig­nals from North Amer­ica in 1921. At present, its main role is as the ferry ter­mi­nal for Cal­mac sail­ings to Brod­ick, Isle of Arran. Steven­ston is named af­ter Stephan Lock­hart, whose fa­ther ob­tained a char­ter of land from the Con­sta­ble of Scot­land in the late 12th cen­tury. The Steven­son Canal, built in 1772, was the first com­mer­cial canal in Scot­land and gave the in­land town a di­rect link with the sea through Salt­coats.

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