Besides its great golf courses, Ayrshire has a whole host of other exciting sporting pursuits, not to mention its breathtaking castles, outstanding local produce and Robert Burns connection. It has everything required to shape the perfect 19th Hole!
Burns is Ayrshire’s most famous son. Scotland’s national poet was born in the village of Alloway where you can visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and learn more about the life and work of the man. The Burns House Museum in Mauchline is another must-visit for Burns fans and there is also the annual Burns an’ a’ that! Festival with its winning mix of music, dance, theatre and comedy.
Some of Scotland’s most impressive castles can be found in Ayrshire & Arran and one of the most spectacular is Culzean Castle. It enjoys a breathtaking clifftop setting and is considered to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the National Trust for Scotland.
Dundonald Castle is a fortified 14th century tower house, Kelburn Castle dates from the 13th century and Dumfries House is recognised as one of Britain’s most stunning stately homes.
The ferry crossing to the magical Isle of Arran is very memorable and once you set foot on the island there is so much to discover and do. Walk to the top of Arran’s highest peak, Goatfell, or go for a stroll in the beautiful Glen Rosa. See Glenashdale Falls, visit the mysterious standing stones on Machrie Moor and explore Brodick Castle whose history dates back to the Vikings. As well as playing golf, you can go kayaking, horse riding, paragliding, mountain biking and more on Arran.
Back on the mainland, the coastal towns of Largs and Troon stage popular sailing events, while Ayr
Racecourse is the country’s premier racetrack and is the venue for the Scottish Grand National as well as the famous Ayr Gold Cup.
Ayrshire has a good selection of award-winning restaurants that showcase the excellent produce of a
region that is renowned for its quality beef and lamb as well as the exquisite fish and shellfish caught off the Ayrshire coast.
Arran has an amazing amount of produce for an island of its size, with everything from cheese to oatcakes and handmade chocolates. The island also has its own whisky distillery and craft brewery. Enjoy the region’s varied programme of events, with everything from arts festivals to traditional music celebrations and sailing extravaganzas on the Firth of Clyde.
Away from the golf courses of Ayrshire, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied.