Historic attractions in Ayrshire & Arran

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  • Exterior of Brodick Castle which is floodlit at night, the Isle of Arran
    Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
  • Looking over to the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey in the sunshine
    Crossraguel Abbey
  • Culzean Castle & Country Park, by Maybole
    Culzean Castle & Country Park, by Maybole
  • People sit outside on tables and chairs at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
  • Look onto the front of the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock
    The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock

The history of Ayrshire & Arran covers hundreds of years of social and political change which has helped shape a nation’s future. From nurturing several true Scottish icons to the ancient and mysterious standing stones and castles, this region boasts a vast array of historical attractions and has many stories to tell. 

Ayrshire & Arran is home to an array of magnificent castles from Dundonald and Portencross to Culzean and Brodick. This charming region is also scattered with intriguing historic buildings and homes like Dumfries House, the Bachelor’s Club and Souter Johnnie’s Cottage.

Why not pay a visit to Britain's smallest cathedral? Located in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, the Cathedral of the Isles dates as far back as 1851 and boasts a fascinating history to explore.

Ayrshire boasts connections to some of Scotland’s most influential historical icons. The region is awash with fascinating tributes to the life and work of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Another national hero, William Wallace, spent the last few years of his life in Ayrshire and a grand tower stands proudly in Ayr town centre to mark this connection. You can download a free ebook of Ayrshire’s Famous People, or check out Ayrshire & Arran Tourism's Castles & Culture guide for more inspiration.

For more historic attractions, learn more about this fascinating region in the museums or admire the beauty of one of the local churches, cathedrals and abbeys.

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  1. Souter Johnnie's Cottage


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 3 Historic House
    3 Historic House


    Visit the fascinating cottage of the original Souter Johnnie, situated in Kirkoswald near the south west coast of Scotland.

  2. Stumpy Tower


    Historic Buildings & Homes



    Often known as Auld Stumpy, and of great historic interest, Stumpy Tower was built in the first half of the 19th century.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle


    No visit to Arran is complete without exploring Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park - a perfect combination of heritage, nature and relaxation.

  4. Rowallan Castle





    Set in rolling Ayrshire parkland, Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem.

  5. Arran Family Fun Park & Balmichael Centre


    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements


    • Awaiting Grading
    Awaiting Grading


    UK Phone: 01770 465 072 US Phone: (310) 492-5520 Located on the String Road in Shiskine on the picturesque Isle of Arran, in Scotland.

  6. Vikingar!




    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    The award-winning Vikingar! allows you to meet real Vikings and hear about their exploits, adventures and battles in Scotland.

  7. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens.

  8. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    Cumnock's 4 star museum and gallery space featuring a mixture of temporary and permanent musuem and art displays.

  9. Gradings

    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum


    Ancestry, Artefacts, Archives. These three words sum up what you'll find at North Ayrshire Heritage Centre. Whether you are researching your family history, interested in local history or enjoy museum exhibits we welcome your visit.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory is publically accessible observatory, located in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park.


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