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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Scotland
Not sure if this is the best page but we are looking for a small flat around the area and wondered if anyone had any advice on the best parts. We have seen some in Saltcoats but as we are relocating from England we don't know the areas well.

TIA
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  • missilemissile Forumite
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    To rent or buy?
    I would suggest you rent and give yourself time to look around before making a purchase.
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    Sorry forgot to say buying.
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    do you have jobs to go to ,if so where .if not I love ayr itself theres a train station and flats are relatively cheap .
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  • Hattie625Hattie625 Forumite
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    Ayrshire native.

    Avoid Kilmarnock, Irvine, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning, Kilbirnie and Ardrossan.

    Beith and Dalry are okay.

    The coastal towns of Ayr (some parts: avoid Newton-on-Ayr), Prestwick and Troon are desirable. Troon is very desirable but Prestwick is more affordable and (in my view) the best of the 3. All these places are ideally suitable for commuting to Glasgow.

    Northern areas: Skelmorlie, Largs, Fairlie, Seamill and West Kilbride are all desirable places. Largs is the largest of these and has a good secondary school.

    Great Cumbrae (Millport) is a lovely wee island and easy to commute to the mainland (10 minute ferry to Largs, with fast rail link to Paisley and Glasgow).

    Girvan is too far south from the main centres, former seaside resort which has seen better days.

    Avoid Maybole (north and inland of Girvan).

    Ballantrae is a lovely village but too far south of the main centres. It is on the southern boundary of South Ayrshire.

    Avoid the inland ex-mining areas (eg Dalmellington, Patna, Cumnock, New Cumnock, Darvel, Auchenleck). The inhabitants are fiercely loyal to these places but it would be quite difficult to integrate as a newcomer. While there is beautiful countryside surrounding these areas, the towns/villages are not attractive with a few notable exceptions (eg Sorn village).
  • Hattie625 wrote: »
    Ayrshire native.

    Avoid Kilmarnock, Irvine, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning, Kilbirnie and Ardrossan.

    Beith and Dalry are okay.

    The coastal towns of Ayr (some parts: avoid Newton-on-Ayr), Prestwick and Troon are desirable. Troon is very desirable but Prestwick is more affordable and (in my view) the best of the 3. All these places are ideally suitable for commuting to Glasgow.

    Northern areas: Skelmorlie, Largs, Fairlie, Seamill and West Kilbride are all desirable places. Largs is the largest of these and has a good secondary school.

    Great Cumbrae (Millport) is a lovely wee island and easy to commute to the mainland (10 minute ferry to Largs, with fast rail link to Paisley and Glasgow).

    Girvan is too far south from the main centres, former seaside resort which has seen better days.

    Avoid Maybole (north and inland of Girvan).

    Ballantrae is a lovely village but too far south of the main centres. It is on the southern boundary of South Ayrshire.

    Avoid the inland ex-mining areas (eg Dalmellington, Patna, Cumnock, New Cumnock, Darvel, Auchenleck). The inhabitants are fiercely loyal to these places but it would be quite difficult to integrate as a newcomer. While there is beautiful countryside surrounding these areas, the towns/villages are not attractive with a few notable exceptions (eg Sorn village).

    Hattie,

    I found this extremely interesting, thank you. I too am looking to move to Ayrshire or the surrounding areas. I have found a house in Mauchline and wondered if you have any knowledge of this area? Thank you!
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    Kit1 wrote: »
    Not sure if this is the best page but we are looking for a small flat around the area and wondered if anyone had any advice on the best parts. We have seen some in Saltcoats but as we are relocating from England we don't know the areas well.

    TIA

    Would not relocate to Scotland, Most of the professional people I know are thinking about moving to England to get away from an oppressive government and high taxes etc.:o
  • bap98189bap98189 Forumite
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    Ayrshire is a big county. I am assuming you will be moving for work, where do you need to commute to and how long are you willing to commute each day?
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    edited 27 July 2019 at 11:23PM
    Hattie,

    I found this extremely interesting, thank you. I too am looking to move to Ayrshire or the surrounding areas. I have found a house in Mauchline and wondered if you have any knowledge of this area? Thank you!

    In my experience Mauchline itself is OK. It's a fairly small town, and one or two of the pubs can be a bit rough, but you get that most places. Like most Ayrshire towns there are very few shops left, but as long as you have a car, it's not the worst place in the world.

    It's handy for Kilmarnock and Ayr, but nobody shops there anymore. Nowadays the M77 takes you straight to Silverburn in less than 15 mins.
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    Hasbeen wrote: »
    Would not relocate to Scotland, Most of the professional people I know are thinking about moving to England to get away from an oppressive government and high taxes etc.:o

    Glad that's not a sweeping generalisation

    Tax- no extra costs if you earn < £33k, £10 a week extra at £50k

    In Scotland you get
    • No prescription charges
    • No tuition fees (if there several years)
    • Better ran NHS
    • Better run local services
    • Better broadband- was at a farm cottage in the back of Mauchline last week and the tenant told me that they were installing fibre over the next 2 months (new poles to feed 5 farms and 3 cottages)

    The councils are better run- I stay in East Ayrshire and a 3 bedroom council house is £85 a week in rent.

    I stay and work in Ayrshire and like it. The people are good and decent, you get a few muppets but that is the same all over the world.
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  • baldelectricianbaldelectrician Forumite
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    You can also rent before you buy- the new tenancy agreement is a PRT now - for private lets.
    There is no 6 month minimum term and the tenant can give 28 days notice after 1 day of living there.
    There are restrictions on the landlord ending a tenancy - there are no 'no-fault' evictions now for tenancies started after 1st December 2017 in Scotland
    baldly going on...
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