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Ayrshire books: Maps

Philip's Street Atlas Ayrshire: North, East and South (Philip's Street Atlases)
Philip's Street Atlas Ayrshire: North, East and South (Philip's Street Atlases)

New, and the only detailed colour atlas of that gives comprehensive coverage of North, East and South Ayrshire.The mapping is based on Ordnance Survey data and gives the user complete coverage of all urban and rural areas. The main mapping is at a scale of 3 1/2 inches to 1 mile (2 2/3 inches to 1 mile in the pocket edition), with less populated areas mapped at 134 inches to 1 mile (1 1/3 inches to 1 mile in the pocket edition). Postcode boundaries are shown throughout.The atlas is ideally suited for both business and leisure use. There is a route-planning map at the front of the atlas. The street maps show every named road, street and lane, with through-routes highlighted in urban areas. School locations are marked and emergency services, hospitals, police stations, car parks and rail and bus station locations are all featured. There is a comprehensive index of street names and postcodes including schools, industrial estates, hospitals, sports centres, etc. These are highlighted in red.Main map scale: 3.5 inches to 1 mile and 1.75 inches to 1 mile

Price: £8.99

Publication: February 28, 2005

Philip's Street Atlas Ayrshire: North, East and South (Philip's Street Atlases)   Philip's Street Atlas Ayrshire: North, East and South (Philip's Street Atlases)


Ayrshire books: Travel Guides

The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire, 1885
The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire, 1885

Originally published in 1885 in a limited edition of 200 copies, for the purpose of presenting, in an accessible and attractive form, views of the numerous beautiful inhabited Castles and Mansions which adorn Ayrshire. The Plates were prepared specially for the Work by Messrs ANNAN, Glasgow. The Letterpress was drawn up under the editorial care of A. H. MILLAR, F.S.A.Scot., and embraces much interesting historical information. In most instances the descriptions have been revised by the Owners of the Mansions, and a few of them have been entirely written by them. Some changes have been made in this edition. The overall page size is now considerably smaller. The complete text has been re-set. In the original, the text was sometimes spread over two pages. In this edition, the print has been reduced in size, where necessary, to allow all the text to be read without turning the page, on the left-hand page, facing the photograph. The photographs are reproduced in the original size. In the original, the photographs were arranged to view at right-angles to the page. In this edition, the photographs are turned to a normal position. Two photographs were used for Woodside. Both are included in this edition.


Price: £16.88

Publication: August 30, 2004 [Paperback]

The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire, 1885   The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire, 1885


Ayrshire books: History & Heritage

Ayrshire: A Historical Guide
Ayrshire: A Historical Guide

This work is a chronological history of Ayrshire from prehistoric times to the 21st century, including maps of the region. Ayrshire has a rich and varied history and this book will enable the reader to discover the physical traces of all periods of that history. The region was inhabited from earliest times, and many duns, cairns and barrows remain - in some of which important Mesolithic and Iron Age artefacts have been found. In medieval times Ayrshire played a key role in the emergence and consolidation of a unified Scotland, and it was from one of Ayrshire's many powerful families that the Stewart line of kings emerged. From this period there remain many castles and tower-houses, some in ruins, some preserved, remodelled and extended over the years. Most of the great monastic foundations of Ayrshire suffered irreparable damage during the Reformation and at the hands of Cromwell's armies, but many important religious buildings still stand. In more recent times, great houses such as Culzean were rebuilt by the finest architects of their day, and there are a number of important sites dating from the Industrial Revolution.

Price: £9.99

Publication: 28 July 2003

Ayrshire: A Historical Guide   Ayrshire: A Historical Guide


Ayrshire: Discovering a County
Ayrshire: Discovering a County

Ayrshire is one of the most important counties in Scotland, with a long and proud history. In the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject, the author covers the many and varied parts of the county in considerable depth. The range is impressive and includes battles, momentous events, distinguished buildings, industry and commerce, natural history and folk tales.
Then there is the astonishing number of illustrious people that Ayrshire has produced. The list includes Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Robert Burns, James Boswell, Johnnie Walker, John Loudon McAdam, Keir Hardie, Sir Alexander Fleming, Jackie Paterson and Bill Shankly. Their stories, and those of many other notables, are skilfully woven into the narrative.
This is sure to be the standard reference work on the county for years to come.

Price: £11.32

Publication: 27 Oct 2003

Ayrshire: Discovering a County   Ayrshire: Discovering a County


Ayrshire books: Walking and Tours

Pathfinder Glasgow, the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire & Arran: Walks (Pathfinder Guide)
Pathfinder Glasgow, the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire & Arran: Walks (Pathfinder Guide)

The Glasgow area, once the holiday playground for industrial Clydeside, has much to tempt walkers today. Ayrshire is predominantly a region of rolling hills and expansive moorlands with wide river valleys and lush pastures. In the south, many of the slopes are clothed with the conifer plantations of Carrick Forest, and there is plenty of fine walking in the hills among the numerous forest trails and on the slopes of the Ayr, Doon, Girvan and Stinchar valleys. The Ayrshire coast is rugged, with impressive cliffs interspersed with fine sandy beaches, with the two principal islands, Bute and Arran, lying offshore.

Price: £9.59

Publication: 1 Feb 2007

Pathfinder Glasgow, the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire & Arran: Walks (Pathfinder Guide)   Pathfinder Glasgow, the Clyde Valley, Ayrshire & Arran: Walks (Pathfinder Guide)


The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (British Long Distance Trails)
The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (British Long Distance Trails)

Guide to walking or backpacking along the Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths, not far from Glasgow on the western coast of Scotland, UK, passing through Girvan and Ayr and taking in the Isle of Arran from Ardrossan. Featuring 11 day stages across a 150-mile coastline full of beautiful sandy beaches and secluded coves, this guide to the Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths is a wonderful showcase of long-distance coastal walking at its finest. Historic sites including many castles passed along the way show the area's rich past, and there are obvious links here to significant Scottish figures including Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. The route is described in seven days on the Ayrshire mainland and a four-day tour round Arran and illustrated with fantastic photography of the area's exceptional views and scenic beauty. Detailed information about the good public transport links, which make it possible to tackle the route in day or weekend stages over time, and also the accommodation options along the way.

Price: £10.36

Publication: 14 Jun 2011

The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (British Long Distance Trails)   The Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths (British Long Distance Trails)


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