Family days out in Ayrshire & Arran

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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. Gradings

    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    West Kilbride

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

  2. Pirate Pete's

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    Children's Attractions

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    4 Activity Centre

    Ayr

    Pirate Pete’s adventure play centre is a treasure trove full of fun putting the kids pirating skills to the ultimate test.

  3. Dumfries House

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    5 Historic House

    Cumnock

    Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.

  4. Maclaurin Art Galleries

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    Galleries

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    Ayr

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

  5. Rozelle Estate

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    Country Estates

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    Ayr

    Rozelle Estate covers an area of 37 hectares in South Ayrshire, which has a wealth of plants and wildlife.

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    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Cumnock

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

  7. Souter Johnnie's Cottage

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Historic House
    3 Historic House

    Kirkoswald

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

  8. Bachelors' Club

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Tarbolton

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

  9. Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Machrie

    Welcome to Old Byre Showroom and Café Thyme

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Castle
    4 Castle

    Brodick

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

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