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  • Ayr Races
    Ayr Races
  • The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
    The Burns an a' that! Festival gala concert at Ayr Racecourse
  • Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
    Burns storytelling festival at the Brig o' Doon, Alloway
  • The fireworks display following the Festival of Light Procession, part of the Marymass Festival
    The fireworks display following the Festival of Light Procession, part of the Marymass Festival
  • The Singing Kettle perform a show at the Festival Club in the Bon Vivant Spiegeltent, Ayr
    The Singing Kettle perform a show at the Festival Club in the Bon Vivant Spiegeltent, Ayr

From Robert Burns to Vikings, Ayrshire & Arran is a vibrant part of Scotland all year round and is alive with events and festivals.

Fans of the arts should navigate their way to the annual Burns an’ a that! Festival where many top venues pay tribute to Scotland’s National Bard. Fans of folk music simply cannot afford to miss out on the very best of local talent at the Arran Folk Festival. For even more variety, including soul, indie-pop, country rocks and blues as well as performances by international artists, check out the friendly ambience at the Darvel Music Festival.

The Boswell Book Festival in May is a charming cultural event with performances, live talks and discussions from a sparkling line-up of writers and artists.

Watch or participate in top sporting events such as Troon Golf Week, and the Scottish Sailing Institute (SSI) regularly hosts competitive events at Largs. Have a punt at the Scottish Grand National or the Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr Racecourse or simply take in the relaxed atmosphere of the Ayr Country Show.

Explore magnificent landscapes and stunning views during the Arran Mountain Festival in May. With a varied programme including glens, ridges, mountains, wildlife and geology, this is your perfect opportunity to discover Arran.

Uncover the delightful spectacle of traditional Highland games across the region during the summer, including the Brodick Highland Games on Arran.

Back in Ayrshire, the Ayr Flower Show is also well worth a visit in August or enjoy top live music from talented Scottish musicians at Live@Troon.

For a fantastic family event, the Largs Viking Festival has battle re-enactments and living history displays which mark the end of Viking rule on Scotland’s west coast. The festival commemorates the Battle of Largs in 1263, the last skirmish between the Scots and the Norse, culminating in a grand Viking galley burning and firework display.

Use the detailed listings which provide details such as locations, contact details, dates and more on events and festivals in Ayrshire & Arran.

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  1. Back To Basics: Walk

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    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Listen to the dawn chorus followed by a warm breakfast.

    Dates

    27 Apr 2014
  2. Gradings

    Ayr

    Chris Waddell discusses the nature poetry of Burns.

    Dates

    5 Oct 2014
  3. Gradings

    Cumnock

    The world's only biography festival which takes place at the magnificent Auchinleck House.

    Dates

    9 May 2014 to 11 May 2014
  4. Gradings

    Irvine

    Help with a practical conservation task that will improve the park for people and wildlife.

    Dates

    5 Apr 2014 to 6 Dec 2014
  5. Gradings

    Irvine

    Enjoy a walk in the park while the Countryside Rangers reveal tips about wildflower identification and surveying.

    Dates

    6 Jul 2014
  6. Largs Viking Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Largs

    Living history Viking Village, fireworks and much more!

    Dates

    30 Aug 2014 to 7 Sep 2014
  7. Gradings

    Ayr

    Singing solos & duets & swapping stories about our songs & music as well as the music of Africa.

    Dates

    16 May 2014
  8. Gradings

    Ayr

    The best of Burns meets the best of the American Songbook.

    Dates

    23 May 2014
  9. Gradings

    Girvan

    Celebrate the 40th Birthday of the Girvan Traditional Folk Festival.

    Dates

    2 May 2014 to 4 May 2014
  10. Pond Dipping

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Maybole

    See what creatures can be discovered.

    Dates

    25 May 2014 to 12 Aug 2014
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