Have a look at the Pollen Count chart below to find out what the pollen count in Irvine is today, and scroll through the next few days for a forecast of what's coming. The chart also highlights the levels of different types of pollen: grass, trees (birch, cypress, oak, plane and sweet chestnut) and weeds.
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Louise Baillie S.A.C. Dip (Diet, Exercise & Fitness), Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 @ActiveLouise Ask Louise
Sitting on the Firth of Clyde in the west of Scotland is Irvine, a moderate-sized town with over 30,000 inhabitants. The town centre offers a range of small shops and supermarkets, as well as various leisure facilities including a 25 metre pool.
These amenities attract visitors from neighbouring towns but Irvine’s real draw is its coastal views - on a clear day you can clearly see the rugged outline of the isle of Arran and the Ailsa Craig. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy these views on the Ayrshire Coast Cycleway which runs from Irvine to Ayr. Alternatively, the beach is a hot spot for dog walkers and families looking to enjoy the outdoors at a slower pace.
Unfortunately for hayfever sufferers, however, Irvine’s beach is surrounded by grassy areas which will likely bring on symptoms. There are also a number of local parks and golf courses which, again, will trigger a runny nose or watery eyes.
Monitoring of local air quality in Irvine has identified High Street as an area of concern in regards to nitrogen dioxide and particulates. We know that pollution can make hayfever symptoms worse, plus it may cause symptoms to arise out with the hayfever season.
Irvine is home to a large variety of weeds and grasses such as foxtail, as well as different types of tree pollen.
In the idyllic surroundings of the town’s Eglinton Park, for example, you will find yew trees which, as well as being impressively large, have a rather long lifespan – some can live up to thousands of years! Alongside yew trees, Eglinton is home to sycamore, field maple, horse chestnut, elm, beech, Scots pine, apple trees and much, much more!
On days where the pollen count is high, there are a few spots in Irvine that are better off avoided. Don’t worry, though, below we’ve listed a few hayfever-friendly activities you can do instead so read on to find out more.
Eglinton Country Park – with walks, cycle paths, picnic spots and a play area, Eglinton is a great day out for all the family. For hayfever sufferers, however, the spot is less ideal. It is filled with trees, grassy areas and plenty of weeds too!
Irvine Beach – the fresh sea breeze may seem like a good way to banish you hayfever symptoms, however, Irvine beach is surrounded by grassy areas which can cause problems for sufferers
Irvine Bogside – for those who suffer from allergies to grass pollen, this golf course is best avoided
Western Gailes – this 18 hole golf course is another place to stay clear of if you have a sensitivity to grass pollen
Ayrshire Coastal Cycleway – this route, which runs from Irvine to Ayr, passes through countryside and seaside views. It is a great ride for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts but, with tree, grass and weed pollen along the way, it is less idealistic for hayfever sufferers.
Irvine has a number of indoor activities you can do when the pollen counts are high. Here are a few suggestions:
Scottish Maritime Museum – this collection has a range of historic boats and artefacts to look at and learn about, as well as tours that run 3 times a day
The Harbour Arts Centre – this venue holds writing, theatre and art classes, as well as regular music and comedy shows. There is even a bar and bistro if you feel like making a day of it!
Rivergate Shopping Centre – Ayrshire’s largest shopping centre offers a range of high street stores and, as these are all indoors, it should keep you away from any pollen
Restaurants and cafes – there are a number of small, independent cafes and restaurants in Irvine such as GRO Coffee. Situated in the town’s harbour area, this place offers a range of delicious meals, cakes and snacks
The Portal – opened in 2017, The Portal is Irvine’s sport and community centre. It boasts a 25m swimming pool, exercise classes, a small cafe and a gym too.
What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.