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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.
In light of COVID-19, everyone's health and safety is the most important thing. This means despite the love and desire to share our friendly, passionate and unique country, we must ask everyone at this time not to travel to our remote rural communities.
You can now travel short distances of around 5 miles to enjoy the outdoors and exercise in Scotland, to use public spaces for recreational purposes such as sitting to soak up the sun (where possible!), and to meet up with one other household in small numbers. Please remember to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
The following activities are also now possible, following the above advice, during Phase 1: cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, walking, hiking and watersports.
Bringing the virus to these fragile and less accessible places puts unnecessary pressure on essential services and health services for local residents.
Easy to reach and even easier to explore, Ayrshire & Arran sits on the west coast of Scotland, only a 40 minute drive from Glasgow, and features the wonders of island life, countryside towns and sandy shores. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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Book a group tour, take a boat cruise or hire a campervan in Ayrshire & Arran.
Spend the day on the sand in Ayrshire & Arran building castles or just gazing out at the view.
Tour around all of Ayrshire & Arran's great castles.
Head up Goatfell on Arran or just meander along the coast.
Celebrate the life and works of Scotland's National Bard.
From the gentle Burns' Trail to rewarding River Ayr Way, discover the best walks in Ayrshire.
This region is the birthplace of The Open Championship with three venues, and close to 50 courses including Trump Turnberry and Royal Troon.
Ayrshire & Arran is full of flavour, with fantastic eateries and an abundant natural larder of tasty delights.
Home to the sportscotland National Centre, Ayrshire & Arran really is the place to try watersports and make a splash!
Uncover the many gems in Ayrshire, from foodie treats and outdoor adventure to day trips and cultural spots.
Explore these Ayrshire gems that will take you off the beaten path to uncover whole other side of the region.
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.