Seamill & West
Kilbride are two Villages next to
each other in Ayrshire, southwest
The Villages are popular for the
Beaches, Meals at the Hotel Restaurants
by the Beaches, two Castles, Seaside
Walking Route, and Golf.
Seamill is next to the Sea and West
The image top is of the Bbeach on the
south side of Seamill, about 4 miles
north of the ferry port town of Ardrossan, with ferries running
all day to the Isle of
There are a number of car parks beside
the Beach in this area and Restaurants
with sea views.
The image second top is of the
Hotel, on the south side of Seamill,
with a popular large Restaurant next to
The third image is of Seamill Main
Street looking north, with the seaside
town of Largs being 8 miles further
The Hydro Hotel is
situated in Seamill centre, right next to
the Beach. This is a popular Hotel for
meals, holidays and special events.
The Beach at Seamill Hydro is right
next to the Hotel Gardens. There was a
Wedding taking place when this image was
taken with guests enjoying the Gardens,
Beach, and Views over the Arran
The image right is of West Kilbride
Golf Club, on the north side of
Seamill, west side of West Kilbride.
This is a popular Links Course right
next to the Sea.
West Kilbride is inland from Seamill,
on the hillside. The image right is
looking down the Main Street.
The next image is of the West Kilbride
Village Hall on the Main Street. There
are a few small Shops in this area and
Parish Church is at the bottom of the
Main Street. This Church was built in
The name West Kilbride is thought to
have come from St. Bride or Bridget, an
Irish virgin of the 400s, distinguished
for her religious devotion. It is
believed early Missionaries established a
cell in her honour. Records seem to
suggest there was a Chapel in the Seamill
area in the 1100s.
Railway Station opened in 1887.
Trains run about one an hour, north to
Largs, south to Ardrossan and Kilwinning,
then from Kilwinning to Glasgow
West Kilbride Glen is situated at the
bottom of the Main Street. The Glen is a
popular Walk in the area.
Law Castle sits on the hillside above
West Kilbride, a few hundred yards up the
very steep and narrow road past the
Railway Station. The Castle was built in
the 1400s for King James III's sister
Mary after she married Thomas Boyd, Earl of Arran.
An Englishman restored the Castle in
the 1990s to serve as his family
Law Castle was acquired in the early
2000s to serve as a Self Catering Holiday
Let, and for Weddings. www.lawcastle.com
Portencross Castle is on
the north side of Seamill. This Castle
was built on lands originally owned by
the Ross Clan. King Robert the Bruce
awarded these lands to the Boyd's of
Kilmarnock for their support at the
Battle of Bannockburn.
Robert Boyd built the Castle from the
1300s to make use of the small Harbour.
There is a seaside Car Park close to the
Castle for picnics, visits to the Castle,
and for a popular Walk along the
The Cliffs along the shore Walk have
Birds of Prey nesting certain times of
the year, a popular place for wildlife
Signposts on the A78 road, less than
one mile north of Seamill, show the road
down to Portencross Castle.