Scotland's Road Trips


The Coig - The Shire

138 miles / 222 km
Irvine Harbour – Dean Castle Country Park

Beaches, boats, Burns and stately homes are only a handful of the intriguing attractions that can be enjoyed along The Shire touring route. One of five routes to make up The Coig on the west of Scotland, The Shire takes in over 100 miles across Ayrshire. The route stretches between Irvine in the north, Ballantrae in the south and New Cumnock in the east. Read on to find some of the best attractions to be enjoyed along the way.

  1. Irvine Harbour

    Discover Scotland's shipbuilding past at the Scottish Maritime Museum situated at Irvine Harbour.

  2. Troon Beach

    Relax on Troon Beach, one of several sprawling beaches on the South Ayrshire coastline.

  3. Alloway

    Uncover connections to Robert Burns throughout the town of his birth.

  4. Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

    See places that inspired Scotland’s National Bard.

  5. Dunure

    Visit the fishing village of Dunure and the clifftop ruins of Dunure Castle.

  6. Culzean Castle & Country Park

    Magnificent 18th century architecture, exquisite art collections and a fantastic country park with gardens and trails.

  7. Turnberry Point & Lighthouse

    The 19th century lighthouse at Turnberry Point is perfectly located with views across to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.

  8. Loch Doon

    Loch Doon and the surrounding area boasts some of the UK's darkest skies and as such is part of the UK's first Dark Sky Park.

  9. Dumfries House & Estate

    One of most significant examples of the Scottish Enlightenment, the 18th century Dumfries House has been beautifully restored to its former glory.

  10. Dean Castle & Country Park

    Covering over 200 acres across Kilmarnock, Dean Castle & Country Park offers the perfect day out for the family.

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