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Portencross viewed from its pier

Portencross (Scottish Gaelic: Port na Crois) is a hamlet near Farland Head in North Ayrshire, Scotland. Situated about 3 km west of Seamill and about 2 km south of Hunterston B nuclear power station, it is noted for its castle.

It has two harbours and a pier. The "Old Harbour" is actually a small tidal inlet next to the castle, and is part of the castle property. The larger harbour, "North Harbour", owned by the Portencross Harbour Trust, lies about 100 m north of the castle and was the main access point for fishing activity.[1]

The Portencross Pier was built in the era of Clyde steamer cruising but was never used as much as other locations such as Largs, Fairlie or Wemyss Bay


  1. ^ WKAS, p.75


  • WKAS (2002). West Kilbride, Seamill, Portencross & thereabouts. foreword by Peter McNab. Largs: West Kilbride Amenity Society. ISBN 0-9516831-1-X. 

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Coordinates: 55°42′N 4°54′W / 55.700°N 4.900°W / 55.700; -4.900