Attractions in Ayrshire & Arran

With many exceptional attractions that include castles, boat trips and museums, Ayrshire & Arran has something entertaining for children and adults of all ages.

Climb aboard the P.S. Waverley, the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world. There is simply no better way to explore the lochs and islands of Arran, Cumbrae and nearby Bute than aboard this magnificent classical boat which has been beautifully restored with towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass.

With so many connections to Burns, Ayrshire & Arran boasts a wide range of related attractions. Why not spend a day or two exploring his spectacular legacy?

The new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum was nominated for UK Museum of the Year in 2011 and is also home to the Burns Cottage, historic landmarks where he set his greatest work and the elegant Burns Monument and gardens that were created in his honour. For more Burns, check out the Irvine Vennel Gallery and Souter Johnnie’s cottage.

Continuing along the history theme, the magnificent Dean Castle and Country Park in Kilmarnock is a must-visit attraction. Set within a beautiful country park, you can discover world-class collections of historical objects including weapons and armoury, before letting the kids try out the playground and pets corner.

Take the time to witness the Isle of Arran’s historic past at the 14th century Lochranza Castle, now a magnificent ruin, and Brodick Castle, which has a remarkable history that dates back 1,500 years.

For something a bit different, enjoy a day out with the animals at Heads of Ayr Farm Park, a wonderful family-friendly attraction that lets you see, touch and feed around 50 different exotic creatures from monkeys to meerkats.

Round off the perfect day at Vikingar! and learn about the fascinating adventures of the Vikings in Scotland which are brought to life by film presentations, storytellers and costume displays.

Get some inspiration and check out Scottish Natural Heritage's downloadable guide, which has information on great places to visit in Ayrshire & Arran.

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Sea kayaking in Brodick Bay, Arran


One of the best ways to explore Ayrshire & Arran is with the benefit of a knowledgeable guide on a tour.

View of Culzean Castle on its clifftop overlooking the Firth of Clyde


If you want to explore Ayrshire & Arran but are looking for some ideas and inspiration, use our itineraries to plan a day out.

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Events and festivals in Ayrshire & Arran

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

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Ayrshire & Arran offers many individual shops that sell an array of gifts and goodies.

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