More About Ayrshire

Ayrshire offers an amazing variety of attractions and landmarks for visitors, so whether you want a quiet country retreat or to be close to a town with great shops, restaurants and entertainment, this area is ideal. Explore the countryside walking trails, try fishing for Scottish salmon or trout, discover Ayrshire’s history in one of the many museums, it’s up to you! Pick from traditional Scottish or international dishes at one of many restaurants, or buy fresh, local produce and create delicious dishes for your loved ones. Whatever time of the year you choose to visit, you will find friendly locals and exciting activities. Immerse yourself in Scotland’s history by exploring imposing castles, before returning to relax in your holiday cottage, the perfect base from which to discover Ayrshire.

Ayrshire Cottages
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Looking for beautiful rolling landscapes, dramatic coastline and intriguing history? Then a holiday to Ayrshire will be ideal for you. Spend time exploring picturesque castles, including Dundonald and Portencross, every site has a different atmosphere and offers an insight into local history. Ayrshire is where Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns, spent much of his life, and at Burns National Heritage Park, visitors can learn about his life and work, which a source of immense pride to the people of Ayrshire.

Things to Do in Ayrshire

With so many delightful landmarks and attractions in Ayrshire, you will be spoilt for choice! Dumfries House, a remarkable stately home and estate dating from the 1700s, is a must see - tours are available, and it houses one of the best collections of Chippendale furniture in the world. To appreciate the wide-open skies, take a walk along the beautiful coastline of Ayr Bay, before venturing into the town of Ayr to visit Burns Monument and Gardens, and take in a performance at the atmospheric Ayr Gaiety Theatre.

Ayrshire Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Ayrshire has to offer, so here’s a selection of our favourite things to see and do.

Night Sky Observatory
The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

This awesome public observatory is in one of only five dark sky parks in the world. Off the beaten track, in the skies above, you can see the Milky Way, countless stars, planets and even the Northern Lights! The guides are knowledgeable and happy to answer all your questions. Try to pick a clear night and pre-book your visit with the observatory. The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is very special attraction that everyone should experience.

Culzean Castle
Culzean Castle and Country Park

This imposing castle is a National Trust for Scotland property, and the care that goes into its upkeep is clear to see. Tour the castle, before exploring the grounds where you will find a deer-park, pretty woodlands and a delightful beach. Many period estate buildings can be found in the grounds, along with stunning walled gardens and picturesque large lakes. A wonderful day out that the whole family will enjoy.

Cumbrae Island
Great Cumbrae Island

Home to the town of Millport, this pretty island is just a short ferry ride from the mainland, and well worth a visit. You can hire bikes and ride around the island, taking in the wonderful coastal views and explore the many delightful beaches along the shore road. The town of Millport has plenty of restaurants and cafes for lunch, and a visit to Great Cumbrae offers lovely view of the Isle of Arran across the water.

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