North Ayrshire in the South West of Scotland is an area of strong contrasts. Bordered on the East by countryside and mountains, the Western side runs to the Ocean, giving a wonderful backdrop to many different towns.
The island of Arran is dominated by tourism, and most of those living here work in that industry. The northern towns of Largs, Fairlie and West Kilbride all enjoy a level of affluence, as a result of their easy commuting distance to nearby cities. Homes here are desirable, expensive and the market is fast moving.
To the South things are somewhat more stagnant. Ardossan, Saltcoats and Kilwinning are industrial, more working class towns, with low prices, poorer quality of life, and unemployment is a long-term problem. The collapse of steel and textile industries has left a hole, which is yet to be filled.
Regeneration is taking place in some of the poorer areas, and there should be a noticeable improvement over the coming years, so for places like Ardossan and Irvine, now is a great time to invest, if you can await the improvements.