Why Ayrshire and Arran?
History and Heritage
In this wonderful part of the world, you can uncover a different century every day with the Neolithic standing stones on Arran’s Machrie Moor, the 18th century Dumfries House and the ancient ruins of Turnberry Castle, considered to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274. Ayrshire and Arran has strong links with another Scottish icon, Robert Burns. All across Ayrshire you can discover fascinating tributes to the life and work of Scotland’s National Bard. Check out the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, a world-class attraction that houses the most important Burns collection in the world.
What’s more, this region is home to castles galore, from wonderful stately residences to dramatic historic ruins. Visit one of Scotland’s best loved castles, Culzean, which is perched on a cliff-top overlooking Ailsa Craig and the Firth of Clyde, and take a tour of Dumfries House, one of Scotland’s most beautiful stately homes. Nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock, Dean Castle boasts a beautiful country park covering 200 acres.
Activities and Attractions
With a huge amount to keep you busy you won’t be stuck for ideas on a trip to Ayrshire and Arran from outdoor activities to historic sites Ayrshire and Arran has it all. Culzean Castle is a great way to start a trip to Ayrshire and Arran with its dramatic cliff top setting and picturesque gardens making it one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.
Continuing with the theme of historic sites Dalgarven Mill offers the chance to experience the sights and sounds of the water wheel and the machinery of a Victorian grain mill. In addition to this Dumfries House, one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes set in 2000 acres of land this stunning estate has an unrivalled collection of original furniture provides a great day out in Ayrshire and Arran.
If you’re looking to stay active whilst you’re away Ayr Seafront Play park provides family fun in rain or shine, additionally Arran Adventure takes things up a notch with mountain biking, gorge walking, kayaking and a range of other outdoor activities. For golf fans you can challenge yourself on the greens at the world famous Turnberry course. With a range of walks and cycle routes there is everything you could possibly need to keep you busy in Ayrshire and Arran.
Food and Drink
With 80 miles of unspoilt coastline and acres of wonderful farmland, it is not surprising that Ayrshire and Arran offers an excellent source of seasonal ingredients. From freshly caught seafood and succulent meats to mouth-watering cheeses, local beers and whiskies, there is something to suit all tastes.
If you're inspired by eating out across Ayrshire and Arran, what better way to sample, purchase and experience these flavours than at a farmers' market? Chat to the stallholders and discover a great range of everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to award-winning cheeses and ice creams, not forgetting succulent meats and seafood.
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