Telephone us: 01294 271855


Our station is manned by volunteers who keep watch around the Ayrshire Coast from Ardrossan to Troon.



No prior experience is necessary to become a Watchkeeper. New volunteers will be guided through the training process until they become  a fully certified Watchkeeper. Members have very different backgrounds and levels of previous knowledge so training will be geared to experience (or lack of it). Overall, the instruction will be organised by the Station Manager and there will also be unit training sessions arranged by our Training Officer.


Coastwatch in Irvine provide eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. 

Coastwatch Shop

Did you know that we have a wee shop selling teas, coffees, bovril, hot chocolate, crisps, biscuits, tea-cakes, cold drinks, water and sweets?  We even have buckets and spades.  The shop is open as long we have volunteers to man it.  Can you spare a few hours per week to help us out in the shop?

Polar Plunge

Our annual POLAR PLUNGE was held on 

Wednesday 1st January 2020. 

Kaye Johnstone

Station Manager


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But remember, in a coastal or beach emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.


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First Aid

We offer First Aid training to members of Coastwatch and to members of outside organisations with a fully qualified and insured Advanced First Aid Instructor approved to teach and assess Ofqual and to SQA standard.   For more information see our First Aid page

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Volunteer with Coastwatch for a few hours per week

Telephone us: 01294 271855

Learn new skills

Meet new friends

Have fun

Widen your horizons

Put something back into the Community

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Telephone us: 01294 271855

If you find a mammal on the beach which you think is in danger, is in difficulty, or you believe is dead, please contact the Coastwatch office at the Beach Pavilion, or contact the BDMLR.  

MiB on the Beach in Irvine with the Reverend Neil Urquhart and Father Willie Boyd, the Irvine Clean Up Crew and watch out for Andy from Coastwatch jumping out of a wheely bin !!  The movie is OUT!


Coastwatch is proud to be a member of the Sea Safety Group

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Our volunteers. Coastguard, Ministers 

and assistants on the day

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Our Station Manager Kaye and Alan, one of our Watchkeepers, out on the river Irvine on a cold, dreich January morning

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The Trustees of Coastwatch have reluctantly made the decision to suspend all current operations because of the ongoing Coronavirus situation.


We duly informed the Sea Safety Group; and Belfast and Ardrossan Coast Guard that Coastwatch is stepping down for at least the next 12 weeks to protect our volunteers and help fight COVID-19.   This was not an easy decision but in line with recent government announcements we had no choice.