Learn more about bathing water quality and your role in making sure that the sand and sea at Irvine is clean for everyone to enjoy.
Isle of Mann Cabbage
This hardy, scraggly plant adorns the sands of Irvine Beach dunes with pretty yellow flowers in summer months.
Its strong stalk holds it firm against the force of coastal winds. It can reach half a meter in height and nearly a meter in diameter.
History & Heritage
The waters of the Firth of Clyde have lapped the Irvine shoreline throughout the ages. Have you ever considered what has changed over the years -and what else might change in the future?
With a factory first established in 1871, Nobel’s explosives dominated the beachfront. The site included its own railway station and, at its peak, employed almost 13,000 workers.
The photo shows women working in the 'Blasting Department' c. 1926.
The Pilot House
This curious structure at the start of Irvine beach is part of Irvine’s past as a key harbour,
Invented by the Harbour Master in 1905, this device moved with the tide to signal to signal the depth of water at the harbour and whether it was safe to enter.
Irvine had a lifeboat service for half a century, from 1861-1914. In this time it operated four lifeboats:
the 'Pringle Kidd' of 1861, the 'Isabella Frew' of 1874, the 'Busbie' of 1887, and the 'Jane Anne' of 1898.