Ayrshire is bordered by Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire to the East and Argyll to the North. It is the 'playground' of the Western seaboard of Scotland with walks everywhere, the amazing Culzean Castle, the 'home' of Scottish horseracing at Ayr and many of Scotland's most famous golf courses. Ayrshire is the perfect area of Scotland to explore if you do not want to be too far from civilisation - the coastal views are as fine as anywhere in Scotland, the sailing clubs abundant and enthusiastic, the towns unspoilt by out-of-town shopping centres and the walking unfettered and idyllic.
Things to do in Ayrshire
Dundonald Castle is one of Scotland's hidden gems, one of the most undiscovered and fascinating heritage treasures.
Culzean Castle & Country Park
Culzean Castle is located near Maybole, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. The famous British architect Robert Adam participated in the reconstruction of part of the castle in the 1770s.
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Explore the world-famous traditional Sanquale knitting, the mines, and miners of Sanquale and Kirk Cornell, the history and customs of the Royal Castle of Sanquale.
Dean Castle Country Park
Dean Castle and Country Park is an estate that covers over 200 acres in the heart of Kilmarnock. The Keep, dating back to 1350, is currently under restoration and is due to open in Summer 2021.
St Mary's Abbey, Crossraguel is a ruin of an ancient abbey near the town of Maybole in South Ayrshire, Scotland. Even though it is a ruin, visitants can still see the monks' original church, cloister, and dovecote.
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Experience the rich hertiage of Scotland's favourite son by visiting The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Emerse yourself in the scenery of his youth and walk across the Brig o' Doon to live in his writing.
Scottish Maritime Museum
A Maritime Museum detailing Scotland's seafaring past as well as a look into the future.
Dick Institute Museum
The Dick Institute is home to many galleries with permanent and temporary displays of fine art, modern arts, crafts and natural sciences.
Built on the hillside within the beautiful Glentress Forest, our Go Ape Peebleshire Tree Top Adventure makes good use of the valley for some jaw-dropping exposure.
In this 17th-century thatched house, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780. Burns attended dancing lessons, and was initiated into Freemasonry here, in 1781.
Dumfries House is an 18th Century estate that is the perfect destination for tourists and visitors of all kinds. Not only is there lots to do, but you can also book weddings and stay in their guest rooms. The house has an untimely beauty that everyone can enjoy.
Perfect for a family day out, a stroll, or just to visit, Croy Beach has lots to offer. Sit on the sands and watch the sea, have a barbeque and take in the sights.
With stunning views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and Lady isle, easy access and an array of fish, chips and ice cream, Troon Beach is popular with holidaymakers, walkers, and visitors of all kinds.