About Ayrshire & Arran

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Ayrshire & Arran is situated on the west coast of Scotland, just south west of Glasgow. Characterised by striking contrasts, this region offers rolling green hills, a varied coastline, picturesque beaches and island adventures.

Explore the history of Ayrshire & Arran, a place where great kings and legendary warriors have left their mark. Discover a land which inspired the timeless poetry of Robert Burns and where ancient standing stones, crumbling medieval castles and historic buildings and homes can all be found.

This is a region bursting with creativity and arts and culture. The Isle of Arran is a haven of exquisite craftmanship and artistry and there's a fantastic collection of events and festivals on all year round.

Also with 80 miles of unspoilt coastline and rolling farmland, there's a wide variety of eateries throughout the region to experience the delicious local food and drink.

Ayrshire & Arran is home to a truly epic nature and geography. You'll find miles of coastline, stunning beaches and the beautiful islands of Arran, Cumbrae and Holy Isle. There's also some magnificent forests and woodlands that are home to a wide variety of wildlife and there's lots of gardens and parks to enjoy.

  • Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
    Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
  • Exterior of Brodick Castle which is floodlit at night, the Isle of Arran
    Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
  • Millport, Cumbrae
    Millport, Cumbrae
  • Looking over the Firth of Clyde towards Culzean Castle, Maybole
    Culzean Castle, Maybole
  • Fish and Chips at Millport on the Isle of Great Cumbrae, North Ayrshire
    Fish and Chips at Millport on the Isle of Great Cumbrae, North Ayrshire
Exterior of Brodick Castle which is floodlit at night

History

In this wonderful part of the world you can uncover a different century each day.

Main course of hot poached salmon served in Ayr

Food and drink

Sample delicious food and drink in Ayrshire & Arran, a region renowned for its tasty local produce.

Close up of the sign for Craft Town Scotland

Arts and culture

With many great events and attractions, visit Ayrshire & Arran and celebrate the region's cultural scene.

Lamlash Bay, Arran

Nature and geography

Ayrshire & Arran is the perfect destination for those looking to soak up some wonderful nature and geography.

Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, is revered the world over for the creativity and humanity he poured into his poetry.

Seals on rocks at Kildonan, Isle of Arran

Wildlife

Discover the fascinating wildlife that inhabits the varied and beautiful scenery in Ayrshire & Arran.

View of Culzean Castle on its clifftop overlooking the Firth of Clyde

Itineraries

If you want to explore Ayrshire & Arran but are looking for some ideas and inspiration, use our itineraries to plan a day out. You can spend two days exploring historic castles or follow the beautiful Cumbrae Sensory Trail all the way around the island.

Glen Rosa, Arran

Area overview

Discover an accessible region of rolling green hills, varied coastline, picturesque beaches and idyllic islands.

Local buses and cyclists on Cumbrae

Travel

Ayrshire & Arran lies on the picturesque south west coast, little more than 30 minutes from the bustling city of Glasgow. Find information on travelling to and around Ayrshire & Arran by car, bus, plane and ferry.