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  • Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre and Museum, Ayrshire
    Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre and Museum, Ayrshire
  • A family walking in the grounds of Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
    A family walking in the grounds of Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
  • A keeper feeding the Ring-tailed lemurs at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park
    A keeper feeding the Ring-tailed lemurs at the Heads of Ayr Farm Park

There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across Ayrshire & Arran, from ancient castles to fascinating museums, beautiful gardens and more. Whether you fancy a few hours with the family exploring a country estate or want to learn more about the region’s history at a local heritage centre, you’ll find great things to see and do in the region.

Discover a menagerie of creatures great and small at Heads of Ayr Farm Park. Children will relish the chance to interact with and learn about over 50 species of animal including llamas, miniature donkeys, monkeys, alpacas and even wallabies. For something creative head to Dip 'n' Doodle a ceramic painting centre in Largs. With just a little bit of imagination and a splash of paint, you and your family can transform pieces of pottery into beautiful works of art.

For a fun filled family day out head to Pirate Pete’s family entertainment centre on the Ayr seafront. With a Fun Park, Laser Storm, Mini Golf and Adventure Play, there are plenty of attractions to keep the whole family amused! To hear the story of Viking raids then head to the award-winning and action-packed Vikingar! in Largs.

The 13th century Kelburn Castle and Country Centre blends the old with the new and promises a massive amount of fun for little adventurers. At Culzean Castle & Country Park you can also adopt a deer for a year. After taking a tour of its magnificent interior, explore the castle’s extensive country estate. Children will spend hours amusing themselves at the Adventure Playground.

Arran can provide a wonderful historic odyssey all in one day. Start with the haunting standing stones dating back to Neolithic times on Machrie Moor, then take in Brodick Castle, a site which has history dating back to the 1200s.

Use the listings to plan fun family days out in Ayrshire & Arran.

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  1. Bachelors' Club


    Historic Buildings & Homes


    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction


    In this 17th century thatched house, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Nestling in a hidden valley by the River Garnock in the village of Dalgarven, the restored mill buildings house an important collection.

  3. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


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

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    Explore the unique history of Millport and the islands of Great and Little Cumbrae at the Museum of the Cumbraes through a mix of permanent exhibits and temporary displays.

  5. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    The Burns House Museum is a fresh combination of interactive and traditional exhibits representing a truly authentic Burns experience.

  6. 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.

  7. The Dick Institute




    • 3 Museum
    3 Museum


    The Dick Institute, located in the Ayrshire burgh of Kilmarnock, features large museum displays of local and industrial history, fine art and natural sciences.

  8. Maclaurin Art Galleries





    Set within the tranquil Rozelle Estate, the Galleries are in the former servant’s quarters and stable block of Rozelle House.

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    West Kilbride

    Nestled on the North Ayrshire coastline overlooking Arran, West Kilbride is Scotland's first accredited Craft Town and winner of a Creative Place Award in 2012 - The Barony Centre and 8 Craft Studios open to the public.

  10. Old Byre Visitor Centre.


    Arts & Crafts


    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop


    The Old Byre Visitor Centre is situated on the west coast of the island approximately half a mile north of Machrie golf course. It comprises the Old Byre Showroom shop, Cafe Thyme, Simon Thorborn's pottery and a child's play area.


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