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Ayrshire’s long coastline has always been conducive to industries connected with the sea, and it was their position on or close to good natural harbours that led to the establishment of many of the county’s towns and villages, such as Girvan, Ayr, Irvine and Saltcoats.

Fishing was inevitably a major concern for coastal Ayrshire and the majority of harbours concentrated on the Firth of Clyde, where herring and ling were the main catch. The Ayrshire harbours did not participate in the growth of the bigger North Atlantic fishery.

Images have been allocated into the following categories and subcategories.


- Docks

- Unloading

- Equiment

- Floats

- Nets

- Markets

- Salmon Netting

- Sea

- Harbour

- Unloading