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
  • Looking over the Firth of Clyde towards Culzean Castle, Maybole
    Culzean Castle, 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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    Ayr

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

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    Dalmellington

    The Doon Valley Museum is located in a conversion of one of the oldest buildings in the small market town of Dalmellington, dating from 1744.

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    Dalmellington

    Welcome to The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

  4. Vikingar!

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    Exhibitions

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    Largs

    The award-winning Vikingar! allows you to meet real Vikings and hear about their exploits, adventures and battles in Scotland.

  5. Largs

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    Historic Sites

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    Largs

    Alexander III fought and routed Haakon IV of Norway.

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    Largs

    Welcome to Kelburn Castle And Country Centre.

  7. Bachelors' Club

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
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    Tarbolton

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

  8. Alloway Auld Kirk

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    Alloway

    The eerie setting for Robert Burns' famous tale of Tam O'Shanter, Alloway Auld Kirk dates back to the 16th Century.

  9. 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.

  10. Crossraguel Abbey

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    Maybole

    Founded in the early 13th century by the Earl of Carrick, the remains Crossraguel Abbey sit just a few miles south of Ayr on Scotland’s west coast.

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