Things To See and Do in Ayrshire and Arran

So much to see and do in Ayrshire & Arran, from beach walks to tracing your family history...

Dalgarven G6.jpgAyrshire is known the world over for being the birthplace and inspiration for Scotland's best loved bard, Robert Burns. Almost every town and indeed village has some connection, memorial or monument that shows the respect and pride that the people of Ayrshire have for him.

Ayrshire is of course also known for its plethora of golf courses, stunning shorelines, castles, great country houses and walking, fishing and cycling opportunities. There is so much to discover, so much leisure time to be enjoyed and quiet spaces with spectacular views, just waiting for you to find and explore. 

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The Marine Station and Robertson Museum

A lovely morning or afternoon visit will keep the kids entertained and educated on the marine life in the waters surrounding the Isle of Cumbrae.

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Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse, the premier Racecourse in Scotland and home to the Scottish Grand National and Ayr Gold Cup Festivals.

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Souter Johnnies Cottage

The home of John Davidson, village souter (shoemaker), who was the original Souter Johnnie of Robert Burns' Tam O'Shanter.

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Bachelors Club, Ayr

Bachelor's Club

In the lower level of this 17th Century thatched cottage were the living quarters of John Richard.

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Arran Golf

Golf on the Isle of Arran

There are seven golf courses on Arran - it's one of the things that this beautiful island is famous for. Here is all the info Golfers need to Tee off!

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Newtons Family Amusements & Funfair, Isle of Cumbrae, Ayrshire

Entertainment for all at Newtons Family Amusements and Funfair, come rain or shine or the beautiful island of Cumbrae.

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Turnberry Adventures

Test your skills at Air Rifle, Clay Shooting, master the art of the Long Bow, or race across rugged terrain on Yahama Grizzly quad bikes!

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Culzean Castle & Country Park

Culzean is one of Scotland's best loved Castles, offering something for everyone to enjoy.

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Isle of Arran Distillery and Visitor Centre

The Isle of Arran Distillery & Visitor Centre

A warm welcome to the Isle of Arran Distillery Visitor Centre at Lochranza, Isle of Arran.

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Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Ayr

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

At Heads of Ayr Farm Park - whatever the weather - you'll find plenty to see and do, with activities for all ages.

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Knockroon

The Knockroon visitor centre and the three absolutely stunning showhomes are open every day from 11am to 5pm. A warm welcome awaits.

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Craft Town Scotland

Supporting creativity and excellence in the making of contemporary craft.

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Largs Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is a fascinating visitor attraction which caters for all ages and tastes. The variety of exhibits ranges from pre-Christian times.

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Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Harbour Arts Centre & Hacbar

The Harbour Art Centre and HAC Bar is the cultural hub of North Ayrshire presenting exhibitions, art, theatre, comedy, live music and special events.

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Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

Palace Theatre and Grand Hall

Palace Theatre and Grand Hall complex, Kilmarnock, which boasts a 503 seat theatre, a 900 seat concert hall, rehearsal rooms & exhibition rooms.

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Golfing in Ayrshire

Public (Municipal) Golf Courses In Ayrshire

All the information you need with contact details for playing Golf at Municipal Courses in Ayrshire

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Dalgarven Mill

Dalgarven Mill

The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume is a treasure trove, created in a group of outstanding historical industrial buildings.

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Visions Leisure in Cumnock

Visions Leisure Centre

fitness & leisure facilities for all the family, since 2004 and is a real focal point in the community.

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Dip N Doodle

Dip 'N' Doodle - perfect all-weather fun for those who love to paint! Create your own little colourful masterpiece from a selection of pottery pieces!

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Brodick Castle & Country Park

No visit to Arran is complete without exploring Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park - a perfect combination of heritage, nature and relaxation.

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Explore the River Ayr Way

The River Ayr Way, East Ayrshire

Experience Ayrshire’s most varied and beautiful countryside, enjoy relaxing accommodation, welcoming pubs and award winning restaurants.

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Scottish Maritime Museum

Scotland's influence on the maritime history of the world from the eighteenth century to the modern day.

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Cumbrae Marine Boat Trips

Cumbrae Marine

Boat Charters, Wildlife Tours, Sea Angling and Diving - enjoy the most stunnin scenery around the West Coast of Scotland.

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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son.

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Ocean Breeze Rib Tours

Ocean Breeze Rib Tours

An exciting Power Boat adventure! Discover the abundance of aquatic wildlife around Arran and the Firth of Clyde.

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Goatfell Mountain

The Arran skyline is dominated by the jagged summits and ridges of Goatfell and the surrounding hills, providing a dramatic backdrop to Brodick Castle

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Mapes Cycle Hire and Toy Shop

With so many fantastic bikes of all shapes and sizes to hire from Mapes, its no wonder the Isle of Cumbrae is known as 'Bicycle Island'.

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Burns House Museum

Burns House Museum

Burns moved to Mauchline after the death of his father, and it was here he met and married his wife, Jean Armour.

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Dean Castle intro, courtesy of East Ayrshire Council

Dean Castle & Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covers over 200 acres.

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Dumfries House

Dumfries House

Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.

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Craft Daft Ceramic Paining in Ayr

Craft Daft

Craft Daft is situated in Ayr Town centre, 100 yards from the railway station. Creative fun for the whole family!

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Kelburn Castle and Estate, Fairlie, Nr Largs

Kelburn Castle & Country Estate

Have you visited Kelburn lately? It's more than just a children's paradise - it's fantastic for the whole family, or friends, or work colleagues!

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Lang Scots Mile

The Lang Scots Mile

Generally a Scottish mile was longer than a mile in England, a fact which was immortalised by Robert Burns in his poem "Tam o' Shanter".

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Crossraguel Abbey, South Ayrshire

Crossraguel Abbey

Crossraguel was founded early in the 13th century by the Earl of Carrick and its remains include the church, cloister and chapter house

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Visit Arran

The Isle of Arran, Scotland is one of the most southerly Scottish island and sits in the Firth of Clyde between Ayrshire and Kintyre.

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The Baird Institute

The Baird Institute Museum lies in the centre of the town of Cumnock, and was opened in 1891.

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Garrison House, Isle of Cumbrae

Garrison House

Sitting in its own ground in the centre of Millport, Garrison House is now the vibrant hub of the Island community serving locals and visitors alike

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Cathedral of the Isles

Set a few hundred yards back from Millport's seafront is Great Cumbrae's most intriguing and beautiful attraction.

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Vikingar Museum and Pool, Largs

Vikingar

The award winning Vikingar! is situated adjacent to the promenade in the beautiful coastal town of Largs.

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Riverate Centre external, Irvine

The Rivergate Centre

The Rivergate Centre in Irvine is the largest shopping centre in Ayrshire, with over 60 shops to indulge in some serious retail therapy!

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Burns Monument Centre

Burns Monument Centre

The Burns Monument Centre is a ground-breaking development in Scotland bringing together staff expertise, resources and first class facilities.

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Troon swimming pool and gym

Troon Swimming Pool

The pool at Troon is 25m with 4 lanes. There is also a small teaching pool and a spectator area for up to 35 people.

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Dick Institute Intro, courtesy of East Ayrshire Council

The Dick Institute

The Dick Institute, opened in April 1901, is shared by the Arts and Museums Service, and the Libraries, Registration and Information Service.

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Dundonald Castle

In beautiful rural Ayrshire, against a spectacular backdrop, Dundonald Castle is a monument which stands as testimony of the real history of Scotland.

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Doon Valley Intro, courtesy of East Ayrshire Council

Doon Valley Museum

The Doon Valley Museum is located in a conversion of one of the oldest buildings in Dalmellington.

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Scottish Industrial Railway Centre, Dalmellington

The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre

The Group was founded in 1974 with a view to preserving Scottish industrial railway heritage.

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Rozelle Estate

The beautiful estate of Rozelle was gifted to the public in 1968 by Commander J. Hamilton. Explore and enjoy the museum, gallery, cafe and gardens.

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The Magnum Centre, Irvine

Magnum Leisure

A great day out for all the family. Pool, ice rink, soft play, fast food, theatre/cinema, dry sports, bar and restaurant.

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