Historic attractions in Ayrshire & Arran

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  • Exterior of Brodick Castle which is floodlit at night, the Isle of Arran
    Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran
  • Looking over to the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey in the sunshine
    Crossraguel Abbey
  • Culzean Castle & Country Park, by Maybole
    Culzean Castle & Country Park, by Maybole
  • People sit outside on tables and chairs at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
    Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
  • Look onto the front of the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock
    The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock

The history of Ayrshire & Arran covers hundreds of years of social and political change which has helped shape a nation’s future. From nurturing several true Scottish icons to the ancient and mysterious standing stones and castles, this region boasts a vast array of historical attractions and has many stories to tell. 

Ayrshire & Arran is home to an array of magnificent castles from Dundonald and Portencross to Culzean and Brodick. This charming region is also scattered with intriguing historic buildings and homes like Dumfries House, the Bachelor’s Club and Souter Johnnie’s Cottage.

Why not pay a visit to Britain's smallest cathedral? Located in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, the Cathedral of the Isles dates as far back as 1851 and boasts a fascinating history to explore.

Ayrshire boasts connections to some of Scotland’s most influential historical icons. The region is awash with fascinating tributes to the life and work of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. Another national hero, William Wallace, spent the last few years of his life in Ayrshire and a grand tower stands proudly in Ayr town centre to mark this connection. You can download a free ebook of Ayrshire’s Famous People, or check out Ayrshire & Arran Tourism's Castles & Culture guide for more inspiration.

For more historic attractions, learn more about this fascinating region in the museums or admire the beauty of one of the local churches, cathedrals and abbeys.

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    3 Museum

    Saltcoats

    Ancestry, Artefacts, Archives. These three words sum up what you'll find at North Ayrshire Heritage Centre. Whether you are researching your family history, interested in local history or enjoy museum exhibits we welcome your visit.

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    Brodick

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

  3. Rowallan Castle

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    Castles

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    Fenwick

    Set in rolling Ayrshire parkland, Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem.

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    4 Visitor Attraction

    Maybole

    A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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    5 Visitor Attraction

    Ayr

    The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland's favourite son.

  8. Ayr Auld Kirk

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    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

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    Ayr

    Situated on the banks of the River Ayr, the Auld Kirk of Ayr dates back to the 17th century.

  9. Arran Family Fun Park & Balmichael Centre

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    Theme Parks, Funfairs & Amusements

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    Shiskine

    UK Phone: 01770 465 072 US Phone: (310) 492-5520 Located on the String Road in Shiskine on the picturesque Isle of Arran, in Scotland.

  10. Stumpy Tower

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Girvan

    Often known as Auld Stumpy, and of great historic interest, Stumpy Tower was built in the first half of the 19th century.

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