Here in Ayrshire, we pride ourselves on our local heritage.

We love our beaches, our celebrities, our towns, and everything else inbetween

But did you know that a lot of Ayrshire's town's names aren't exclusive to this part of the world?

Here are seven places from across the world, that share their name with our lovely, unique Ayrshire Villages.

Ardrossan, Canada

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Ardrossan is a small hamlet in Alberta, Canada. As you can see from the google maps image, its Main Street is slightly different to the one we're used to.

As of 2015, Ardrossan had a population of just over 400 people, which is a far cry from the roughly 11,000 people in North Ayrshire's version.

Irvine, California

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Irvine is a city in Orange County, California. As of 2019, it was estimated that over 287,000 people lived in the city.

Despite being in California, it's missing something that its North Ayrshire namesake does have - a beach.

Irvine's highest recorded temperature during April was 41°C. Fancy it?

Cumnock, Australia

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Our first trip down under brings us to Cumnock in New South Wales, Australia.

As of a 2011 census, the town had a population of around 275 people, which is less than Holmhead in East Ayrshire's Cumnock.

Strangely enough, like our very own East Ayrshire version, it has a hotel named the Royal Hotel. Spooky.

Ayr, Australia

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Staying in Australia brings us to the Town of Ayr, Queensland. A journey from Cumnock to Ayr in Ayrshire would take around half an hour depending on traffic. The Australian version would set you back around 20 hours.

Australia's Ayr is also fitted with its own Railway station, accompanied by a hotel. It isn't quite the Station Hotel, is it?

Saltcoats, Canada

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Are we human, or are we Saltcoats?

I wonder if the Canadian town has ever heard of that ballad. 

Saltcoats, Saskatchewan is home to just under 500 people. Close to its North Ayrshire counterpart, Saltcoats has a media outlet known as the Four-Town Journal. A tenuous link to Ardrossan, Ayrshire's Three Town title.

Largs, Australia

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How do you think Largs, South Australia compares to our seaside town?

Largs has a beach, a pier, and what looks like an Australian version of Nardini's. 

Around 4,000 people are native to the Australian town, which is roughly 7,000 less than our far superior version.

Troon, England

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We thought we would round off this trip around the world, with somewhere a lot closer to home. Troon, Cornwall can be found a nine-hour drive away from Troon, South Ayrshire.

Whilst our Troon is famed for being a golfer's paradise, Cornwall's Troon has a rich history of cricket, with the village's amatuer club competing at Lord's on a number of occasions.