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Now is the perfect time to visit Ayrshire & Arran and enjoy a wide range of events and attractions that celebrate the arts and culture of this wonderful region.

Uncover the birthplace of Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns, and discover how Ayrshire & Arran helped define the life and works of a man whom many consider to be the greatest Scot of all time.

Visit the long list of fantastic attractions throughout Ayrshire that celebrate the legacy of the Auld Lang Syne author and take part in the Burns an’ a’ that! Festival where many of Ayrshire’s top venues pay tribute to Scotland’s National Bard.

Continue along the literary theme and head to the Boswell Book Festival in May, which takes place in the grounds of James Boswell’s former home. Often considered the father of the modern biography, this festival in Auchinleck House features a number of guest authors and lets you see Boswell’s study and library.

Admire some of the region's finest architecture, like Stumpy Tower, and head across to the picture perfect Isle of Arran where the arts are hugely popular. You’ll find an abundance of magnificent creative items for sale including knitwear, woodwork, jewellery and paintings - perfect for a souvenir or gift to take home.

For more arts, check out the Craft Town Scotland in West Kilbride, Scotland’s first Craft Town, and peruse eight fantastic craft studios that produce a range of high quality and unique work.

Continue your celebration of Scotland’s vibrant creativity by taking in a couple of music festivals. You can uncover the best local and international talent at the Arran Folk Festival or experience an eclectic programme of music and a friendly ambience at the Darvel Music Festival.

  • Close up shot of the sign for West Kilbride, Scotland's Craft Town
    Scotland's Craft Town, West Kilbride
  • The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
    The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
  • Brodick, with Goatfell behind, Arran
    Brodick, with Goatfell behind, Arran
Looking onto the front of Vikingar! leisure centre in Largs

Arts and culture attractions

From theatres to arts centres, discover a wide choice of arts and culture attractions in Ayrshire & Arran.

Ayr Races

Events and festivals in Ayrshire & Arran

Alive with events and festivals, Ayrshire & Arran is a vibrant part of Scotland all year round.

Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, is revered the world over for the creativity and humanity he poured into his poetry.

Close up of the sign for Craft Town Scotland

Craft Town Scotland

West Kilbride, Scotland’s only designated craft town, samples the wealth of craft and design talent from Scotland and the U.K.

The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse

Music, dance and theatre events

Alive with events and festivals from concerts to musicals, Ayrshire & Arran is awash with music, theatre and dance events all year round.

Sculpture of Souter Johnnie in the gardens of the Burns Monument at Alloway


Explore Ayrshire & Arran, a region that boasts many attractions, monuments, festivals and towns and villages which have connections to some of the finest pieces of literature even written in Scotland.