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#95460 - 07/17/17 01:50 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Continuing with the road trip to South Ayrhire, we are still in Irvine after having visited Dundonald and Troon. The main purpose of the visit was to see some of the Scottish Open Golf Championship, but more of that later.

Let's explore a little bit more of Irvine...

An old puffer down by the waterside




Attractive riverfront apartments


Quaint cottages


Swans on the River Irvine


The view to the north


Unusual


but impressive


Part of the Scottish Maritime Museum


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#95461 - 07/17/17 09:36 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I enjoyed being parked up by the river.


It was interesting to walk round the area


Once the biggest sports centre in Europe, the Magnum Centre is now deserted and dilapidated


I did manage a wee visit here!


but not here


It was a pleasant walk along the riverside




I just had to!


The Ship Inn...
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#95462 - 07/18/17 02:20 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Billed as the oldest pub in Irvine I just had to venture inside. It was quaint...



A local hero
















Some samples...
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#95463 - 07/19/17 02:21 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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These were intriguing




So..


The weather was good


as I headed to the pro-am day of the Scottish Open Golf


Putting in some putting practice


The event was held at Dundonald Links






There was even cooking demonstrations on offer
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#95464 - 07/20/17 02:18 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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More from the golf at Dundonald Links

Early morning...

the seating area


parted of the tented village


the stage for afternoon and evening musical entertainment


the gateway to the course - crossing the 10th


Some action...











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#95465 - 07/20/17 11:33 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Rickie Fowler in the left-handed competition


On the first tee

with McIlroy, Stenson and Fowler

enjoying some refreshments


The Claret Jug of The Open and the Scottish Open Trophy


The early leaderboard


Thomas Detry


Stenson


Fowler


Beef


The big three again
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#95466 - 07/21/17 02:13 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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After a long day walking the golf course, it was always good to get back to the van. Some refreshment was in order at times...

These caught my eye in the Ship Inn




It would have been rude not to!


The bar menu was tempting too


This is where I was parked up


near the river


and the beach








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#95467 - 07/22/17 10:13 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Let's take a walk to where the river meets the beach...

The riverside






The former house of the harbour-master


Time has stood still here


Looking back to the town


A broken bridge to a deserted island


The river mouth with Aaran in the background


Don't ask me!


more from the shore...
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#95468 - 07/23/17 02:44 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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As a new week begins, I hope everyone has had a good week and a restful, yet enjoyable weekend. If you were travelling like I was then I hope you had a safe and stress free time on the move.


A nice wee café had just opened at the coast watch station


Both the station and the café are great resources


and of course, there is the ever popular ice cream van


The bonnie beach at Irvine


The beach park


The front


The sea


This week's Sunday Snaps can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40606216

A walk back in time...


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#95469 - 07/24/17 03:15 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I spotted these in a baker's shop, I've not seen these for a long time - remember them?


With a bit if time to spare, I had a look at the historical area of town...

and headed down this narrow road - Seagate


To find this


Information states that it was probably built for Hugh Montgomerie, 3rd Earl of Eglinton and his wife Margaret Drummond between 1562 and 1585.


Their respective family coats of arms and initials are carved on the bosses over the vaulted entrance.


The fact that the castle stood at the sea gate of the town emphasises the influence wielded by the Montgomeries on the port and the town of Irvine.


The castle is a composite building. There are no traces of the original castle although it was most likely to have been an earth and timber construction of the 12th century. It is thought that the Capitulation of Knadgerhill was signed here by Robert the Bruce and other Scottish nobles in 1297.


The north west tower dating back to the 14th century and the remainder mostly 16th century. The new building was more a mansion house than a fortified castle although it was built to be self sufficient with accommodation for everything from a kitchen to a prison pit. It was known locally as “The Palace” and great expense was incurred in providing fine window mouldings, vaulted ribs and bosses on the entrance pend into the courtyard.


(Information Source: http://www.aboutirvine.co.uk/places-of-interest/seagate-castle)

Hymns and houses of praise...
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