Ayrshire has plenty to offer the visitor, from its links with the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, through to world famous golf and some of the best sailing waters in the United Kingdom. Horse riding, hunting, shooting and fishing can all be arranged for guests in conjunction with nearby estates and increasingly outdoor activities and extreme sports are becoming more available.
Here are just a sample of the things to do on your doorstep when next planning a trip to Ayrshire.
Often referred to as “Scotland in miniature”, Arran is easily accessible from the mainland and is the perfect destination for a leisure break. The ferry leaves from Ardrossan and arrives into the main town of Brodick. Moving around the island is easy by car, foot or cycling. With so much to see and do, why not consider one of the seven golf courses or the more adventurous could climb Goatfell Mountain, Arran’s highest peak. Stunning beaches, Isle of Arran Distillery, local heritage and much more await visitors to Arran. For further information visit www.visitarran.com
Discerning golfers visiting Ayrshire really are spoiled for choice with so many world class championship courses on the doorstep, including the birthplace of the Open, Prestwick Golf Club. Ayrshire also has two current venues on the Open rota with Royal Troon and Turnberry. There are so many other great courses too - such as Western and Glasgow Gailes, or Dundonald Links – with choices to suit every budget and standard.
Scotland’s Bard is synonymous with Ayrshire and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway is a truly unique experience and the perfect place to learn about Scotland’s favourite son. The museum houses Burns’ most important collection of works, while visitors also have the chance to see the Burns Cottage and other historic landmarks. For more information visit www.burnsmuseum.org.uk
Scotland's premier racecourse with a host of high quality meetings throughthe year. The Scottish Grand National is one of the key meetings as is the Gold Cup Festival in September plus many other great race days. Wonderful day out with family or friends. Entertainment after race meetings.
For full fixture list and information visit www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
The Cook School Scotland offers the ultimate cookery experience in our 5 star Visit Scotland rated venue in Ayrshire. We pride ourselves on providing a fun, stress free and informal environment where our guests learn how to create effortless cuisine. For more information visit www.cookschool.org or call us on 01563 550008.
One of the most stunning locations for a castle anywhere in the world, Culzean Castle is perched on a cliff-top overlooking the Firth of Clyde. The castle is also set in 600 acres of stunning countryside and makes for the perfect family day out. For further information visit www.nts.org.uk
One of Ayrshire’s hidden gems which offers stunning views across the countryside and out to Arran. Built for Robert II around 1371, Dundonald Castle was the “Cradle of the Stewart Dynasty”. Why not start the wonderful Smugglers’ Trail walk from the castle. Learn more about Dundonald Castle’s backstory at the visitor centre, gift and coffee shop. For more information visit www.dundonaldcastle.org.uk