Get yourself along to an Auchinleck Talbot.vs. Cumnock junior.football match. P.s. Juniors ain't kids up here in case you don't know. Serious stuff
Ayrshire. Should I move there? Advice needed please.
gavinturnbull - Member
The mountain biking around Darvel is very good with some locally buildt XC and DH trails on both sides of the valley. The XC trail is about 23kms long with only about 2km on connecting roads.
Really? I would have killed for that when I lived outside Darvel (straight across the valley from Loudoun Hill)
I don't tend to go back to the Irvine Valley much apart from Christmas or New Year to see the folks. Spent a week in Newmilns last New Years. Either it has got A LOT worse in 10 years, or I just never saw how bad it was.
peterfile - Member
We used to go riding in Sorn when I was about 17! I think i've got a video of us somewhere
Me too! Lorimers I think my friends used to refer to it as?
Greenock cut...it wont be technical riding but good for a spin
The Cut itself is pretty bland but some lovely riding in the hills above The Cut, you just need to know where to look..
Get yourself located in east ren somewhere.
Good schools and a better class of ned. Try whitecraigs, eaglesham, Newton means, giffnock, williamwood, hazeldean to name but a few of the nicer places.
You are 15 miles from Killy using the cycle path from NM.
House prices are a bit more than the likes of Kilmarnock, but for good reason. Seriously you owe it to your kids not to go to a school in Killy.
Largs: Been known as Gods waiting room since the dawn of time. Infuriatingly long traffic lights. But nice enough, has reasonable places to eat and drink and pretty good if you like watersports as well. The people do have a higher opinion of themselves than they really should and they sometimes have that'incomers' chip on their shoulder.
Fairlie: Some really nice property and as mentioned some mountain biking on your doorstep, close enough to Largs to use the facilities with the benefit of not having to live there.
West Kilbride/Seamill/Portencross: Nice town with a wide variety of property, everything from child friendly estates to beach cottages and small holdings, same biking as Fairlie on the doorstep.
The Three Toons(Ardrossan/Saltcoats/Stevenston): Mostly poo poo'd and Saltcoats and Stevenston ( and for the most part Ardrossan) town centres are miserable places. But there is a bit of regeneration going on and there is a host of new builds on the outskirts of decent enough houses and the price will be comparatively good. In Saltcoats alone I'd say the areas with decent property outweigh the crapper ones. Again if you like sailing the Marina is decent enough, you can also roll down to the ferry to Arran for some biking. The beach at Saltcoats has also had alot of work done, its now very clean and you often get windsurfers/kitesurfers/jetskis/canoeists etc using it. And for commuting to Kilmarnock your dual carriageway all the way and pretty equidistant to Largs as well.
Kilwinning: Open air lunatic asylum
Irvine: Has good and bad bits, the outskirts has some nice enough estates, some of the new town stuff is pretty miserable and the 'mall' is a genetic experiment. The harbourside is fairly nice though, nice pubs and eateries.
Troon: is nice but I think the premium to live there doesn't match the actual living. Seen as one of the posher parts of the shire.
I'd love to tell you more about the mountain biking but mostly I'd chuck the bike in the car, my out the door riding is mostly on the road bike or crosser.
BTW I live in Saltcoats and apart from a notion of moving down to Portencross a while back, theres nothing really in the other places to tempt me away.
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