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Mahdi West


Been through here countless times on the train but this was the first time I'd set foot in the place. My main aim was to have a look at the old viaduct to the north of the town but the weather was dreadful. No matter. Other days.

Mother Lodge

Abbot Adam's Bridge

Mercat Cross

The Abbey

Church Tower

Main Street

Former Parish Church

Former Commercial Bank

Kilwinning Station. This is the line to / from Ardrossan & Largs.
Alex Glass

Nice one Mahdi

Been through there in the car usually on the way to somewhere else - like Saltcoats.

Often wanted to stop to take some photos as it does look like a great place although from what I hear it is becoming very unpopular due to lots of trouble it the town.


Mahdi and Alex,There used to be an annual archery event in the town.
If memory serves me right it involved shooting arrows through the high windows of the church tower and hitting a pigeon(not a real one nowadays).
I wonder if it still takes place.
Mahdi West

 I was there about lunchtime and it was fairly quiet. I've know people from there in the past and they didn't have much good to say about it. From what I saw it's easy to imagine there being a fair few fights on the main street once the pubs empty.

Thanks for those pics Mahdi its been a while since I spent a bit of time in Kilwinning
I have fond memories of Kilwinning in the 70`s and 80`s and probably visited most of the pubs there in the 80`s with no signs of any trouble then. I think Kilwinning suffered like a lot of places from the Glasgow Overspill but I don`t think its any worse than other similar places like Ardrossan, Stevenston East Kilbride, Cumbernauld etc for trouble.
I have loads of relatives there so its probably them causing all the bother
Doog Doog

Good pics,Mahdi

The Abbey ... (Over run by feral kids throwing bottles)

More here about Kilwinning's Masonic claim to fame as the home of the "Mother Lodge"  (Not that I would know anything about that)

Doog Doog


I visited  the lodge, probably early 1970's.
Memory is possibly playing tricks, but I'm sure I was told a wee story that the bullseye window, in the abbey, was built a bit out of centre, as only God made things perfect.
The visit was memorable due to a visiting master from India. A Hindu, he gave details of their rituals and how they harmonised with our own. Forum Index -> The Greater Glasgow Area
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