Okay, here's today's challenge: try to get to Irvine town centre without
going through the humongous and very ugly shopping centre. An almost
impossible task, you may find. Irvine's Rivergate Centre, as it is
known, is apparently the 'largest indoor shopping centre in Ayrshire'
and, to be perfectly frank with you, that's not exactly the sort of
boast that would have me clambering over shopping-trolleys to get there.
This enormous carbuncle has been so designed that it is nigh impossible
for visitors arriving at the railway station to reach Irvine proper
without passing through its gleaming corridors, corridors lined with the
shops that you see in every other shopping centre in the country. But do
not despair, for I know a way. If you skirt the left hand side of the
beast and head left along the river, you can pick up a pedestrian
footbridge that will lead you eventually into Seagate and a very
pleasant stroll along a narrow cobbled street lined with charming old
cottages and complete with its very own castle ruins. A far more
agreeable way to arrive in Irvine town centre, I think you will agree.
Robert Burns once lodged in the town of Irvine. What he would have
thought of the shopping centre I'm not sure, but he may have had this to
Oh ye sprawlin' thing o' glass, Ye're awfy shiny an' urnae class,
Ye're plonked in Irvine like a great big plook, An' a widnae gie ye a second look.
THE HARBOUR DISTRICT OF IRVINE
THE HARBOUR, IRVINE
GLASGOW VENNEL, IRVINE
You can get a train to Irvine from Glasgow Central Railway Station.