Culzean Castle, Maybole

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Ayrshire & Arran

Easy to reach and even easier to explore, Ayrshire & Arran sits on the west coast of Scotland with its wonders of island life, countryside towns and sandy shores.

History

This is the region that gave us our National Bard, Robert Burns. Explore the great Burns attractions, take a wander around an ancient castle, or learn about the Vikings who once set foot on these very shores.

Food and drink

Both Ayrshire and Arran produce a range of tasty treats that you won't want to miss. Try the fresh seafood, caught daily off the shore, sit down to a main course of local lamb, beef or pork combined with Ayrshire 'tatties' or indulge your sweet tooth with ice cream, chocolate and more.

Golf

With three Open Championship venues, five of the UK's top 100 golf courses and golf passes, it's easy to see why this is one of Scotland's top regions for golf. Choose from close to 50 golf courses in Ayrshire & Arran offering classic links and majestic inland layouts, or take a tour with a golf partner.

Islands

Just a short ferry ride across the Firth of Clyde and you can explore either Arran or Cumbrae, or even both! Experience perfect island life, which is full of tasty food and drink, exciting outdoor activities and beautiful views. From Girvan, you can take a boat trip to Ailsa Craig, where the granite on the island is mined for curling stones. 

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Ardrossan

Towns & Villages
The coastal town of Ardrossan is located in Ayrshire, 30 miles from Glasgow.

Arran

Islands
The Isle of Arran is the seventh largest island in Scotland and the largest island in the Firth of Clyde.

Ayr

Towns & Villages
Ayr is a popular seaside resort in south Ayrshire.

Ballantrae

Towns & Villages
Ballantrae is an attractive coastal village in South Ayrshire situated 13 miles south of Girvan.

Brodick

Towns & Villages
Brodick is the main village on the Isle of Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde.

Catrine

Towns & Villages
Catrine is a picturesque village in East Ayrshire 2 miles south east of Mauchline.

Cumnock

Towns & Villages
Cumnock is a Victorian looking town in East Ayrshire and lies at the confluence of Lugar Water and Glaisnock Water.

Dalmellington

Towns & Villages
Dalmellington is a small town in East Ayrshire, 50 miles (80 km) south west of Glasgow.

Dunure

Towns & Villages
Dunure is a fishing village which dates back to the early 19th century, found on the coast of South Ayrshire, 5 miles north west of Maybole.

Girvan

Towns & Villages
Girvan is situated on the Ayrshire coast, 56 miles south of Glasgow.

Irvine

Towns & Villages
Irvine is an industrial town in North Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland.

Kilmarnock

Towns & Villages
Kilmarnock is the home of the largest Burns monument in Scotland.

Largs

Towns & Villages
Largs is a traditional holiday resort on the west coast of Scotland.

Lochranza

Towns & Villages
Lochranza, a village on the Isle of Arran, boasts a dramatic castle, a distillery and plenty of wildlife in the surrounding area.

Maybole

Towns & Villages
Maybole is a small market town 9 miles south of Ayr, with some fascinating architecture.

Millport

Towns & Villages
Millport is the 'capital' of Cumbrae, a small island off the Ayrshire coast.

Prestwick

Towns & Villages
Prestwick, situated on the coast 34 miles south of Glasgow, is Scotland's oldest baronial burgh, dating back over 1,000 years.

Troon

Towns & Villages
Just a few miles from Prestwick International Airport, Troon is a small seaside town in Ayrshire that overlooks the Isle of Arran.

Turnberry

Towns & Villages
Turnberry is a village, famous for its iconic golf course which is one of the best in the world.

West Kilbride

Towns & Villages
West Kilbride is a small town in north Ayrshire, 4 miles north west of Ardrossan.

Brodick iCentre

VisitScotland iCentres
Brodick Information Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the ferry terminal.

Did you know?

Much of the area is home to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, and has been recognised internationally as a world-class environment for people and nature.  

Travel in Ayrshire & Arran

Getting here

Ayrshire & Arran is easy to reach from most of Scotland's big cities, but is closest to Glasgow - only half an hour's drive. You can take the coach or train from lots of main cities in the UK, or drive along the main motorways. In summer, a ferry operates from Campbeltown in Argyll to Ardrossan.

Getting around

Once you're here, you can cycle or walk along main routes and paths, use the local bus service, hire or bring a car, and catch the ferry out to Arran in under an hour, and Cumbrae in just 10 minutes.

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