Discover Your Roots in Ayrshire

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  • Crocodile Rock at Millport, Cumbrae
    Crocodile Rock at Millport, Cumbrae
  • A family admire the Great Hall in the Keep of Dean Castle, Kilmarnock
    Great Hall in Dean Castle, Kilmarnock
  • Shot of the P.S. Waverley in Brodick with Brodick Castle visible behind
    The P.S. Waverley in Brodick Bay
  • Looking onto the Pencil Monument by the shore in Largs
    The Pencil Monument, by Largs

Ayrshire & Arran has a rich and fascinating history spanning hundreds of years. A notable early event includes the famous Battle of Largs in the 13th century, when the Vikings invaded the Ayrshire coast, which was followed by centuries of maritime history.

Follow Ayrshire & Arran Tourism’s new itinerary to discover the region’s fascinating past - you’ll find that you can uncover many periods of history in just a few days. Experience for yourself the life and times of wealthy landowners, visit ancient castles, and learn about rural communities from centuries gone by.

If you want to explore whether you have connections to the region, plan time for a visit to the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock, home to volumes of historical records and genealogy resources. Ayrshire & Arran also boasts a wonderful natural heritage, with its dramatic coasts and charming islands. Take in the splendid scenery whilst on a gentle day cruise on a historic paddle steamer, or wander along shorelines and through towns and villages.