Fullarton is a small area in Irvine, North Ayrshire. It is situated close to Irvine Bay and is next to several industrial estates, large supermarkets and retail stores and the town centre itself. Stagecoach Western buses operate the local bus services in the area. Fullarton is only 8 miles from Prestwick Airport and 25 miles from the city of Glasgow.
Fullarton has a national cycling route nearby. Route 7 is popular with locals walking/cycling to nearby towns such as Ardrossan, Troon and Ayr. The Irvine New Town Trail is also close-by. The trail circles the town, passing through Bourtreehill, Girdle Toll, Eglinton Park and Kilwinning. It also forms part of the British National Cycle Network, passing through routes 7 and 73.
The main road through Fullarton is Ayr Road, connecting Fullarton to Western Gailes and Irvine Town Centre. The New Bailey Bridge or 'Fullarton Arches' provides access to other areas of Irvine and the dual carriage way leading to Kilmarnock and on-wards to Glasgow. There are many amenities which the locals use, including many large supermarkets.
- Loudon Montgomery Primary
There is only one primary school in the Fullarton area due to small numbers of primary pupils. All pupils move on to Irvine Royal Academy after finishing their primary years.
Local amenities, public houses and restaurants
- Post office
- Tesco fuel station
- Burger King
- Tesco Extra store
- Frankie & Benny's restaurant and bar
- Marks & Spencer
Both the Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda stores have automated teller machines which are free to use. Due to being so close to Riverway Retail Park, Fullarton has many shops and restaurants on its doorstep. The railway station and Rivergate Shopping Mall are both less than a five-minute walk from Fullarton.
There are a variety of services operated by Bennetts of Kilwinning and Stagecoach Western:
- Service 14 operates via Fullarton on its route between Irvine Cross, Troon and Ayr. Operated by Stagecoach Western.
- Service 27 runs via Fullarton en route to Whitehurst Park via Irvine Cross, Corsehill and Kilwinning Howgate. Operated by Stagecoach Western.
- Service 28 operates via Fullarton on its route to Bourtreehill, Irvine Cross and Tesco. Operated by Stagecoach Western.
- Service 29 operates via Fullarton on its route to Irvine Cross and Montgomerie Park. Operated by Bennetts of Kilwinning.
- Service X34 starts in Fullarton and operates to Glasgow via Kilwinning, Dalry and Beith. Operated by Stagecoach Western.
- Service 585 operates via Fullarton on its route from Ayr to Greenock via Irvine, Ardrossan and Largs. Operated by Stagecoach Western.
- Service 585N operates on Saturday nights between 12:30am and 5am between Ayr and Ardrossan operating via Prestwick, Troon, Fullarton and Irvine.
The River Irvine runs past the side of Fullarton. The river is known for having a good supply of fish during the fishing season and is popular with locals wishing to fish there. The river is slightly polluted but not too badly.
Fullarton historically belonged to the Parish of Dundonald. In 1707 Queen Anne conferred Burgh of Barony status on Fullarton. It would be 1838 before Fullarton Church was established as a Chapel of Ease to Dundonald Parish Church. It would be c.1874 before Fullarton was raised to full parish status. However, birth death and marriage certificates would continue to record events in Fullarton as occurring in the 'Parish of Dundonald' until after 1908.
The main street of Fullarton is now known as Montgomery Street ~ but was originally known as The Halfway. Number 26 (now demolished) was the birthplace of James Montgomery the Christian hymn writer. In 1882 The Halfway was renamed Montgomery Street in honour of James Montgomery.
The provisions of the Irvine Burgh Act 1881 incorporated Fullarton into the Royal Burgh of Irvine. In 1972 and 1973 large parts of Fullarton were cleared in preparation for the Rivergate Mall development arising from New Town status for Irvine. This included the demolition of the old Bridge in summer 1973. The original proposals for the Rivergate Mall was to develop a shopping centre over four phases. Phase One was opened in October 1975. This phase also included Cunninghame House. In reality Phases Two to Four have never been built and it appears that the plans have been abandoned.
Phase Two would have seen the westwards extension of the shopping centre towards Irvine Railway Station. Phase Three would have seen the replacement of the Railway Station. Phase Four would have entailed the demolition of the surviving half of Montgomery Street to permit the shopping centre to connect with the Magnum.
On the second Saturday after the first Monday in August, there is a parade in the Fullarton area to celebrate Mary Queen of Scots visiting Irvine many years ago. The Fourth Port Parade was formed when the Marymass parade was unable to reach the area due to the pedestrian only Rivergate Mall being built over an old vehicle bridge. The parade is the week before the major Marymass parade and spend 3 hours marching around the streets of Fullarton before finishing at the Low Green Park. The parade consists of the Marymass Queen, the Marymass captain, many horses and carts, horse-drawn floats and bands including pipers.