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    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. Gradings

    Largs

    A two-day event where competitors go head-to-head to be crowned Scottish champion.

    Dates

    17 May 2014 to 18 May 2014
  2. Pony Pick-Picnic

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Irvine

    Join the Scottish Pony Partners and the Countryside Rangers for a litter-picking walk followed by a picnic.

    Dates

    4 May 2014
  3. Gradings

    Ayr

    Evening event performing selection of folk and Celtic fusion music in the Café.

    Dates

    22 May 2014
  4. Gradings

    Ayrshire and Arran

    A fun day out for all the family including a dog show, birds of prey and plenty of stalls.

    Dates

    6 Aug 2014
  5. Crocodile Rock

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Irvine

    Explore the shorelife of Cumbrae.

    Dates

    2 Aug 2014
  6. The Sooty Show

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Sooty heads into town with Soo and his TV partner Richard Cadell.

    Dates

    18 May 2014
  7. Largs Viking Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Largs

    Living history Viking Village, fireworks and much more!

    Dates

    30 Aug 2014 to 7 Sep 2014
  8. Marymass Festival

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Irvine

    Annual festival, with horse racing, a parade, folk music and more.

    Dates

    14 Aug 2014 to 25 Aug 2014
  9. Scotland's Gardens Open Day

    Type

    Sport & Leisure

    Gradings

    Maybole

    Guided walks from the head gardener.

    Dates

    15 Jul 2014
  10. Gradings

    Ayr

    Good old fashioned fun as dolly pegs are transformed into whoever your imagination suggests.

    Dates

    26 May 2014
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