585, Ayr-Ardrossan-Largs

Operated by Stagecoach West Scotland

The Stagecoach 585 bus journey from Ayr to Largs offers passengers a captivating tour of Scotland's picturesque coastal landscapes, including charming seaside towns, historic sites, tranquil beaches, and stunning panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde, making it an unforgettable scenic experience.

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No. of Attractions:

7 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

1 hour 40 minutes

Route Frequency:

Every 30 minutes

Starting point:

Ayr, Bus Station (Stance 7)

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Journey fact:

Largs hosts an annual celebration known as "Largs Viking Festival." What makes it obscurely fascinating is that Largs has no historical record of a Viking battle. Instead, this unique event commemorates a mythical battle between Vikings and Scots in the 13th century, adding a touch of whimsy to the town's cultural festivities, complete with Viking reenactments, parades, and a vibrant atmosphere that captures the spirit of Norse folklore.

Journey Overview

The Stagecoach 585 bus journey from Ayr to Largs, passing through Seamill, West Kilbride, Fairlie, and Largs, offers customers a visual treat of Scotland’s stunning coastal landscapes.

Departing from Ayr, passengers are treated to views of the charming seaside town with its sandy beaches and Victorian-era architecture. As the bus continues to Prestwick Cross, you’ll see the historic Prestwick Golf Club, a revered location in the world of golf.

Irvine, a bustling coastal town, offers a glimpse of its picturesque harbour and the Irvine Maritime Museum, which showcases the region’s rich maritime heritage. Stevenston Cross introduces customers to the town’s quiet charm, surrounded by green fields and modest homes.

Saltcoats is a coastal gem, and the bus ride along the seafront presents views of the sandy beach and the distant outline of the Isle of Arran.

As the bus departs Ardrossan, you’ll be greeted by the picturesque Ardrossan Harbour with its ferries and sailboats. The journey then takes you along the scenic Ayrshire coastline, offering panoramic views of the Firth of Clyde. Seamill, with its tranquil beach and the iconic Seamill Hydro Hotel, provides a charming coastal vista.

West Kilbride, known for its craft studios and galleries, appears nestled amidst rolling green hills. The landscape is dotted with sheep and quaint cottages, showcasing the rustic beauty of rural Scotland.

Fairlie offers more coastal charm with a peaceful bay and yachts anchored offshore. You’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, including the prominent peak of Knock Hill.

As you approach Largs, you’ll notice the charming seafront promenade, with palm trees lining the road and stunning views across the water to the nearby islands of Cumbrae and Arran, as well as the shops and cafes.

Throughout the journey, you’ll have glimpses of lush greenery, sandy shores, and the ever-present backdrop of the Firth of Clyde. The 585 bus ride is a scenic delight, capturing the essence of Scotland’s coastal beauty and treating customers with an invigorating, unforgettable, scenic experience.

A Fab Day Out!

The first location to get off the bus and check out is Ardrossan, a seaside town known for its bustling harbour. Visit the Ardrossan Castle which is mostly in ruins but still offers glimpses of its storied past. Folk can explore its striking stone remnants, including the 15th-century tower house. The castle’s elevated position provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Isle of Arran. Its historical significance in Scotland’s medieval conflicts adds intrigue to the visit. While the interior is largely gone, the exterior and breathtaking vistas make Ardrossan Castle a site of historical and scenic interest. Afterwards, it’s worth taking a leisurely stroll along the marina, where you can watch ferries coming and going to Arran.

As you travel along the coast, Seamill welcomes you with its picturesque beach and the grand Seamill Hydro Hotel. This elegant Victorian-era hotel combines modern luxury with historic charm. Guests can enjoy comfortable rooms, stunning sea views, and extensive leisure facilities, including a spa, indoor pool, and golf course. The hotel’s landscaped gardens and proximity to the beach make it a perfect destination for relaxation. The beach is perfect for a leisurely walk, and the hotel’s grounds offer stunning views.

Known as “Craft Town Scotland,” West Kilbride boasts numerous craft studios and galleries. Explore its artistic side or visit the Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume for a historical perspective.

Then, it’s on to Fairlie and this charming coastal village offers a peaceful bay with lovely views of the Firth of Clyde. Take a walk along the shoreline or relax in the serene ambiance.

The journey concludes in Largs, a popular seaside town. Enjoy a stroll along the palm-lined promenade, visit the bustling Nardini’s ice cream parlour, or explore Largs Museum to learn about the town’s history. Don’t miss the famous Vikingar! attraction, which celebrates the town’s Viking heritage.

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