Begin your second day in the historic town of Ayr, the birthplace of many Scottish heroes, including Robert Burns and William Wallace. Take a stroll through the high street and stop at the magnificent Wallace Tower built in honour of William Wallace and may have been built on the site where William Wallace’s father once lived, now the centre of the High Street in Ayr.
Enjoy a coastal drive down the A719; look out for seals basking on the rocky shores as you make your way towards the village of Maybole. Situated just outside the village is the splendid Culzean Castle, a remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens. Take a guided tour and learn about the best features of the castle, including the stunning oval staircase, as well as the fine collection of paintings and furniture. The property is set in nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and miles of paths lead visitors through majestic woodland and past secluded ponds. Head for the deer park, the cliff top walk or explore the beaches. Seek out the park's hidden treasures such as the ice houses, the Camellia House, the pagoda or the caves.
Take lunch in the Old Stables Coffee House or relax in the Visitor Centre Restaurant and marvel at the view over the estate. For a sweet treat, head to the Swan Pond Kiosk for delicious ice cream cones and other confectionary.
After lunch, continue down the coastal road to the ruin of Turnberry Castle. Though now a shadow of its former self, Turnberry Castle is steeped in history. Thought to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274, the castle was central to Bruce’s campaign. Eventually Bruce himself ordered the destruction of the castle to prevent it falling into English hands. It was never rebuilt and now stands, ruined jutting out over the sea. Enjoy a spectacular walk around the castle site, imagining how it once would have looked.
Finish the trail with a short drive along the A77, into the town of Girvan, where you will find the Stumpy Tower. Often known as Auld Stumpy, and of great historic interest, Stumpy Tower was built in the first half of the 19th century. Occupying a key position in Girvan town centre, it was built as the town's jail. Auld Stumpy served this purpose until the 1870s when a new jail and police station were built. Finish your day with a stroll around Girvan and enjoy an evening meal at one of the delicious coastal restaurants, where you can enjoy locally caught seafood and a spectacular view over to the Isle of Arran.