Saltcoats town hall and street scene
The sands of South Bay, Saltcoats
What lurks on the shore at Saltcoats - ancient fossil trees and dinosaurs
Saltcoats
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Unlike some places that have a railway station some distance from the town centre, at Saltcoats when you step off the train you're right there, slap-bang in the middle of things with the most attractive old town hall a mere spit away. And as you thread your way through the narrow streets you feel an ever-growing excitement. For when visiting a town you've never seen before, or one that you last visited many many years ago, you're not sure what you will find; what treats lie in store as each and every corner is turned and gazed upon with big-eyed wonder. While at first glance Saltcoats may appear wholly unremarkable, perhaps even a little rough around the edges, let me assure you there is something very special there, something that is quite remarkable, something that very few people even know about let alone go to see. For on the rocky shore at Saltcoats there exists the remains of an ancient petrified forest. You may not see it all the time, and you may not see it at all, but at very low tides fossilised tree stumps can become uncovered, stumps that might very well have been licked by dinosaurs millions of years ago. They were discovered in the 1960s by a Mister Matthew Yuill of Glengarnock. The woodland remains, he reckoned, could be a quarter-of-a-billion years old, and consist of some 26 fossilised tree stumps. So, when you visit Saltcoats, go to the rocky section of shore and stand and stare. For if you stand and really stare you never truly know what you may glimpse, or what may emerge from the sea.
FIRST GLIMPSE OF SALTCOATS
THE SANDS OF SOUTH BAY
WHAT LURKS AT SALTCOATS?
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How to
GET THERE


You can get a train to Saltcoats from Glasgow Central railway station.
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