With 80 miles of coastline and lush countryside to explore, spend a day exploring the great outdoors of Ayrshire at the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and the Galloway Forest Park. Relax on one of Ayrshire’s long sandy beaches, gaze up at some of the darkest skies in the UK on a visit to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, and explore rugged mountains on the Isle of Arran. Continue your exploration of this region on the Isle of Cumbrae, which boasts an unspoilt coastline and a diverse range of bird and marine life.
With fantastic views, a majestic coast, a huge variety of outdoor activities and a rich history, Ayrshire & Arran really is the ideal escape.
A trail on the River Ayr Way through Ayr Gorge Woodlands, near Failford
The sandy beach at Brodick and Goatfell, Isle of Arran
Bavarian summer house in the gardens of Brodick Castle, Arran
Scotland boasts some of the clearest skies in Europe, which provide exceptional conditions for stargazing. In 2009, Galloway Forest Park was named the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. See if you can spot the Milky Way, The Plough or Polaris.