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VisitScotland Ayrshire and The Isles of Arran and Cumbrae What to See and Do Guide
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  • Crocodile Rock at Millport, Cumbrae
    Crocodile Rock at Millport, Cumbrae
  • Children paddling at Croy beach, with Ailsa Craig behind
    Children paddling at Croy beach, with Ailsa Craig behind
  • Culzean Castle
    Culzean Castle
  • Glenrosa Water in Glen Rosa, Arran
    Glenrosa Water in Glen Rosa, Arran
  • Crowds listen to a reading of Burns' Tam O' Shanter at the Brig O' Doon, Alloway
    A Burns poetry reading in Alloway

Discover an accessible region of rolling green hills, varied coastline, picturesque beaches and idyllic islands. Widely known as ‘Burns Country’, this magnificent part of the world serves as the perfect setting for history and heritage - not to mention a plethora of outdoor pursuits and a range of exciting events and festivals.


With 80 miles of unspoilt coastline, the stunning Ayrshire coast is the marine gateway to much of the west coast of Scotland and has a world-class reputation for yachting.

Often referred to as Scotland’s golf coast, Ayrshire is the birthplace of the Open Championship. Today, it is not only home to the iconic world-class golf resort at Turnberry, but also Royal Troon, known as one of the finest championship courses available.

Spend a day enjoying the great outdoors at the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Scotland’s largest regional park which is home to the UK’s rarest breeding bird, the hen harrier.  Explore the coastline and you’ll find long stretches of sandy beach and the magnificent sight of Culzean Castle perched on a clifftop overlooking the sea.

The unmistakable sight of Ailsa Craig can be enjoyed from much of the south Ayrshire coast. This curiously blue-tinted island provides a home for gannets and puffins and can be viewed on a boat trip from Girvan. Ayrshire is home to Scotland’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where you’ll discover a beautiful wilderness home to a wide range of rare fauna including golden eagles, red deer and wild goats.

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Isle of Arran

Only a short ferry journey from Ardrossan separates you from experiencing life on the Isle of Arran. Due to a government-backed scheme, the price of travelling by ferry to Arran was reduced from October 2014 onwards.

An island bursting with natural beauty, you also have the chance of spotting golden eagles, deer, red squirrels, basking sharks, porpoises and otters.

Known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’, Arran offers walkers a feast of rugged mountains and sublime beaches. If you prefer to take things at a more relaxed pace, stroll through the Glenashdale Forest and be rewarded by the sight of the sparkling Glenashdale Falls.

For the more active, Arran has earned a reputation as something of a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From paragliding to golf, walking to cycling, there is plenty here to keep you entertained. Discover a distillery, brewery, museums, high quality crafts and locally produced food that's fast gaining an international reputation.

Arran's history dates so far back that it becomes tangled up in Celtic myths and legends of Scotland's past: from the strange standing stones on Machrie Moor to the chequered history of Brodick Castle to the very cave where Robert the Bruce was supposed to have encountered the spider.

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Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae, also known as Great Cumbrae, can be reached by a 10 minute ferry ride from Largs, making this one of Scotland’s most accessible islands.

Sitting at just 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, the unspoilt coastline is a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers and nature lovers alike. Visit the Marine Research Station, which also houses the David Robertson Museum and Aquarium, where you can find out about the local marine life or follow the Cumbrae Sensory Trail on foot or two wheels for a chance to see the island’s diverse range of bird and marine life.

The Cathedral of the Isles, built in 1851 is the smallest cathedral in Europe and is an early work of William Butterfield. The cathedral's founder and benefactor was George Frederick Boyle, later the 6th Earl of Glasgow. The cathedral is open daily and visitors are welcome to sample its Victorian Gothic style and the beauty of the wild flower detail.

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