Castle Comfort Stairlifts offers top brand stairlifts, keen prices and fast installs for all those seeking stairlifts in Irvine, Ayrshire . And all work comes with our no-quibble guarantees and famous customer service satisfaction.
Irvine in North Ayrshire is a bit of an enigma. It’s a ‘new town’, one of the 5 designed after the Second World War to ease housing in Glasgow. But it has also been around for thousands of years!
The first settlement in Irvine dates back to Stone Age times. The specific area of Irvine that carries this history is Dreghorn, once just a village now part of Irvine. In fact, Dreghorn is recognised as the earliest inhabited village in Europe.
If you are currently feeling like one of the oldest inhabitants because of restricted mobility, please let Castle Comfort Stair Lifts help. Although we’ve not been around for thousands of years, our 15 years of experience ensures we know just how to help you regain your independence.
A stairlift is a simple electronic piece of equipment that can be fitted to your staircase in just a couple of hours at the most. But this simple addition to your home can make your life much easier and safer.
There are several types of stairlifts to fit different staircases and different size people and we have a range of them all. As agents of all UK manufacturers including our own, we can give you a fair and unbiased quote for the one that suits you best. We also have reconditioned stairlifts too.
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Going back to Dreghorn which has been occupied since those early times – that’s the longest continual residence of any place in Britain. The remains of a 5,500 year old well have been discovered and a prehistoric site confirming its longevity.
There is an unusual parish church here, it is octagonal. It is often referred to as the ‘Thrup’ny Bit’ after the pre-decimal three penny coin which was also that shape. The Earl of Eglinton brought the design back from Europe and had the church constructed here in 1780.
It’s most famous resident was John Boyd Dunlop who invented the pneumatic (inflatable) tyre. He is also one of the founders of the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company.
Irvine from ancient time to Irvine New Town
Irvine has many connections with famous names throughout its history:
· The title Lord of Irvine was inherited by King John I of Scotland around the mid 1300’s
· Robert the Bruce secured the town and handed it down to his grandson, Robert the Steward who would later become Robert II of Scotland
· Mary, Queen of Scots stayed at nearby Seagate castle
· It was a favourite place of Robbie Burns; today it has two streets named after him, Burns Street and Burns Crescent. Irvine has the oldest Burns Club in Scotland too
· Alfred Nobel of the family who inaugurated the Nobel Prize, visited and built an explosives factory on the opposite bank of the River Irvine
· The author and spy Daniel Defoe surveyed the harbour and port on one of his missions
· Napoleon III stayed in Irvine when he was invited to the Edlington Tournament at the castle of the same name
· William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, visited Irvine on his famous motor cycle tour of Great Britain
Irvine had held a Royal Charter since the 14th century so wasn’t the usual candidate to become a ‘new town’. Turning it into the 5th new town following East Kilbride, Glenrothes, Cumbernauld and Livingston, involved a great deal of development especially in the older parts of the town. Irvine is the only new town on the coast. One of the most popular changes was the development of the Irvine Beach Park on what was once industrial waste land behind the harbour.
Once a thriving port, Irvine fell into decline in the 19th century. This is when Glasgow, Greenock and Port Glasgow became bigger trading ports, although a shipyard on the River Irvine remained productive until after the Second World War. After this time it was mainly involved in fit-outs including those for the Queen Elizabeth II, one of Cunard’s great ocean liners.
The port is now officially ‘closed’ as a commercial port. It is home to the Scottish Maritime Museum where a number of vessels are on display. MV Spartan a surviving ‘Clyde Puffer’, a small steam boat, is on display there.
You’ll also find the Boyd Tide Marker building in the harbour. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century by harbourmaster Martin Boyd. During daylight hours it uses a ball and pulley system to mark the tide’s status. During the night time, lamps mark the tide level. The building is Grade B listed.
During World War II the area housed a military watchtower with views all over the Firth of Clyde. This watchtower had the first sighting of a German Messerschmitt 110, a German bomber, in 1941. Irvine harbour was a prime target for Hitler because it was still a major boating area and also because ICI’s weapons development sat on the banks of the River Irvine!
The harbour and bay area are now being reclaimed and developed as a coastal park. It will not only encourage people back to the water but also offer walks and trails along the coastal path. The bay has great sailing waters and there are several golf courses in the area making this a desirable visitor attraction.
Irvine has already completed many of the plans for this development with others in progress or in the plans.
You’ll also find the leisure centre here – the largest in Scotland - and of course the great sandy beach overlooking the Firth of Clyde is a definite attraction.
The rich and famous of Irvine
Irvine is the home of birth for several footballers including Kris Boyd who started his career at Kilmarnock and now plays for Portland Timbers; Rangers player Kirk Broadfoot, Dunfermline Athletics’ Paul Burns, the late George Hamilton and Alex Parker, Steven Naismith and Everton player, former footballer Steve Nicol and Cardiff City player Craig Conway.
The 18th century novelist John Galt was born here and the American author Edgar Allan Poe attended Grammar School here.
Castle Comfort Stairlifts
You don’t have to be rich and famous to benefit from one of our stairlifts. We know that about 200 of Irvine retired folk have already invested in a stairlift to make everyday living easier. We know this because we keep count. You can see our counter which is updated by the minute here.
You too can join the ranks of the Irvine mobile community. Just give us a call on 0141 278 3929 – we can be there in a flash!