Continuing the theme of decaying Scottish towns..
Irvine, on the south west Scottish coast, has seen better days. But unlike some similar places, Irvine seems split between prospering and decaying: walk along the river and you see nice looking town houses looking onto grassy banks of the river, with church spires poking up everywhere. But just a few hundred metres down the river and you come to an unholy architectural monstrosity that should never have been approved: the Rivergate Shopping Complex. A concrete box straddling the river, rather like one of those medieval bridges with shops on it. Except this is a concrete box, with a drug dealer in the walkways.
Nearer to the beach is another concrete box: the Magnum leisure centre, which looks more like a meat processing factory. It has been closed for a few years now. Teenagers were hanging around outside and a car was parked up and people seemed to be stripping pipework from the building.
A bridge onto a spit of land has been cut in half. A millenium project, a science museum, that was only open for a few years. Now the exhibits inside are caught in a time capsule, something like the visitor centre in Jurassic Park. There are (or were) plans to turn the place into a golf course (this is the "gold coast", with golf courses wherever you look).
On the beach front itself were parked up a lot of cars, all with their engines running and people inside enjoying a nutritious meal from KFC or similar. Crows sadly picked the remains of what was thrown out of their windows before they drove off.