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The Towns of West Kilbride


West Kilbride is itself a village in the North Ayrshire region, but like many rural towns and those who have crawled through the fields to merge into an indeterminable mass, it has joined with two others as well. Kilbride, Seamill, and Portencross are generally considered to be one single community, even though they all have boundaries of their own. Together, as of 2001, they had a combined total population of around 4,000.

West Kilbride was thought to have been a spot visited by an early Celtic saint, Brigid, to establish the early foundations of her church. The name itself suggests there was a cell or a group of her worshippers in the area at one point. Also in the area, you can find remnants of Old roman influence in the form of a fort that resides where the village of Gateside exists. Several of the old roads still exist and many Roman finds from the area are recovered ansd given to museums across Scotland. William Wallace’s uncle Crauford held a home in the area just the north of the village at one point. Read the full story

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West Kilbride the Craft Town


Just off the coast of the Isle of Arran, you will find a town hidden away where crafts are designed and made right in the workshop and displayed in a studio. This is a first hand opportunity to see fine quality craftsmanship by a single maker, ranging from established to just starting out.

Presently there are eight craft studios dedicated to producing high quality work. Raw materials are gathered, designed and transformed on the very premises of the studios. Most studios are opened Thursday through Saturday, but they are sometimes open at additional times. Although work is available to be purchased at the studios, the craftsman may not be in attendance as they have clients and can be called away at short notice. Read the full story

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Scotland’s Scarecrow Festival

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Scotland’s Scarecrow Festival


First hosted in West Kilbride, Scotland, the scarecrow festival was an initiative to help promote spirit and civic pride within the community and to celebrate its beginnings as an agricultural community. The festival is now widely embraced by West Kilbride residents and businesses.

This is now a very large annual event involving all the residents and many businesses who proudly make and display hundreds of different scarecrows, some very humorous around the community including their gardens. Although the Scarecrow Festival is open to everyone, scarecrow makers do have to complete an entry form and in the past there has been a theme for the scarecrows. The entry fees all go towards the festival and as long as their scarecrows are up by opening day, anything goes. As an added incentive, scarecrow makers can buy scarecrows on stick packs. These packs tell the entry maker everything they need in order to completely make a scarecrow on a stick for the festival. These packs go on sale at the beginning of July. The packs and the entry forms can be found and purchased at some of the craft shops around town, but don’t wait to pick yours up. Read the full story

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