The village of Fairlie is located on the eastern shoreline of the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire, Scotland. Its population has been dwindling, as there is little employment in the area when the summer tourists are not here. Fairlie today is more of a commuter village than a thriving community of roughly 1,500 people.
The village sits opposite the Isle of Arran and the Cumbraes, and has precious little to offer to residents. There is a petrol station, a Chinese takeaway, a deli, and a gift and flower shop. The only nightlife, such as it is, is provided by one pub-come-restaurant.
The area is not without tourist attractions, though. To the north of the village there are the lands of the Kelburn family, where the present Earl of Glasgow has steadily improved the estate and opened a country centre to the general public. Splendid Fairlie Castle attracts a fair number of sightseers.
The settlement started off as a fishing community and it is still possible to see the old ferry quay. From the 18th century onwards, the channel that divides Fairlie and Cumbrae became a popular spot for merchant ships to seek sheltered anchorage, an easier life with customs and refuge from the press-gangs lurking at Greenock. During this time, master mariners began to settle in the village and this meant that some of the poor fishermen’s housing was improved and enhanced to provide accommodation for these more affluent seafarers.
We look back on those days with a touch of sentimentalism and romanticism, and no longer see the squalor, hardships and poverty these people must have endured. Fishing and merchant shipping are no longer the main source of employment in this part of Ayrshire. It is the Hunterston B nuclear power station, Hunterston deep sea shipping terminal and a NATO base that offer an income to locals.
If you had fallen off a Clyde ferry before services were closed down in 1971, it is unlikely that you would have received a penny for your injuries. However, an accident at the nuclear power station would have such devastating affects on all of Ayrshire and the rest of Scotland that an accident solicitor in Fairlie could probably build their own castle with the legal fee they’d get once they had settled a compensation claim on behalf of the victims.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Fairlie?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Lines are available 24/7. Our experts can assign an accident solicitor in Fairlie or elsewhere to your case. However, you are under no obligation to go ahead when you ring for advice.
All Accident Advice Helpline solicitors provide no win no fee services, which means that you can start your claim without paying any money upfront for legal fees.
Do you qualify for making a claim with an accident solicitor in Fairlie?
Visit the Accident Advice Helpline website and complete our 30-second test. A compensation calculator will tell you how much compensation you might receive, if an accident solicitor in Fairlie or other solicitor wins your case.
Date Published: 29th July 2013