Click the title of an attraction to visit the site for more information.
When you think of Ayshire, Arran is always included. Home of Arran Malt, visit Scotland’s newest award winning distillery, or if your preference is beer then try the brewery.
There is also Arran Aromatics for natural soaps and body care and fragranced candles. Don't forget Brodick Castle Gardens & Country Park (National Trust for Scotland). Try CalMac for ferries to Arran from Ardrossan.
The city of Glasgow is not only an excellent place to shop, the wide collection of museums with free entry is unbeatable. The Peoples Palace and Winter Garden, Museum of Transport, Glasgow Science Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Pollock House, Burrell Collection, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and more.
New Lanark World Heritage Site is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill close to the Falls of Clyde.
The world’s only rotating boat lift is to be found at Falkirk, a unique experience.
Dalgarven Mill showing 18th century life in Ayrshire.
Wanlockhead railway, Britain's highest adhesion railway.
Ayr is also famous for it’s race course, home of the Scottish Grand National.
The National Cycling Network has routes in Ayrshire, passing through some of the most scenic countryside, and making use of off the road tracks and waterside paths wherever possible, and includes some areas of outstanding natural beauty .A new bridge over the River Doon at Doonfoot provides easy access to the southern seafront and Greenan Castle.
From Largs, take the 10-minute ferry trip to the Isle of Cumbrae. The island is only four miles long and two miles wide, making the easiest and most fun way to get about, by bicycle. Take your own or hire one in Millport.
Ayrshire shares the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and the Galloway Forest Park with neighbouring counties, and both provide a beautiful setting for a walking break or cycling holiday.
Whitelee windfarm (largest in Europe), on south side of Glasgow, covers 55 sq kms, has 70 kms of trails for walking and cycling.
Since 2002 Drumlanrig has played host to the National Points Series and Scottish Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships. A Mountain Bike Trail was constructed for these events and is now way-marked for everyone to enjoy.
Numerous footpaths in the area include the nearby Dumfries estate, around the picturesque village of Straiton, the River Ayr Way and the coastal paths including Girvan.
Ayrshire is a mecca for golfers of all abilities, with some of the finest courses in Scotland. There are over 40 quality courses here including the two Open Champion Courses at Turnberry and Royal Troon, and the home of golf at Prestwick.
The 3 Ayrshire Council’s (North, South & East) operate numerous courses, open to everyone who plays the game. Costs are moderate and you can pay and play, although it is always advisable to book in advance.
There are many good loch fisheries throughout Ayrshire with all year round fishing for rainbow and brown trout.
Why not try sea fishing from Ayr, Girvan or Largs
Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, was born in Burns Cottage, Alloway on the south side of Ayr. The museum has many artefacts from Burns life and you can see some of his original manuscripts. The nearby Monument, new Heritage Centre and Kirkyard provide a further dimension to the poet and his life.
Ayrshire abounds with places connected with the poet, so much so that it is difficult to move within the boundaries of Ayrshire without coming into contact or being reminded of his influence and popularity in the region.
Glen Afton was frequently visited by Robert Burns, who made the River Afton famous in the song “Flow gently sweet Afton among thy green braes”… New Cumnock Burns Club have built a Memorial Cairn and a lovely picnic area beside the river.The Burns an' a' that! festival runs throughout Ayrshire in May/June to celebrate the life of the bard. Main events include a Gala Concert at Culzean Castle and the Holy Fair at Mauchline whilst numerous fringe events offer a wide range of entertainment.
Castles and gardens are inseparable. There are many magnificent stately homes open to the public, including Culzean Castle, south of Ayr, one of Scotland's best loved Castles, offering something for everyone to enjoy.
Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill, ancient Douglas stronghold and Dumfriesshire home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.
Take a trip to Dumfries House to view the collection of Chippendale furniture or explore the grounds of the estate - you may even encounter the resident ‘smelly’ ghost!
Kelburn Castle, near Largs, the home of the Earls of Glasgow, is in a commanding position, beside a spectacular glen and waterfall, half a mile from the sea.
Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, An elegant country mansion with important collections.
Mountstuart, Isle of Bute, a Gothic palace which fused powerful architecture with intricate details and lavish designs.
Scotland's premier garden, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh also encompasses Logan Botanic Garden, which lies at the south-western tip of Scotland, and is unrivalled as the country’s most exotic garden.
There are several excellent gardens in and around Glasgow including the Botanic Gardens.
An exceptional walled garden managed by the National Trust for Scotland, located on the southern outskirts of Glasgow
Enjoy the sweeping lawns and sculptured hedges, and relax in the walled garden of Finlaystone House, near Langbank.
Castle Kennedy, Dunragit, has something exciting to see in all months of the year like the impressive display of Rhododendrons and azalias in the spring.
Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit, has 12 acres of beautiful gardens, lochs, pathways and vistas.
Threave garden, (NTS), near Castle Douglas, is a 64-acre ornamental garden with interest throughout the year from a large and varied plant collection and landscape features. A Scottish Baronial House open to the public. 1500-acre estate with way marked trails, bird hides, and a wild fowl sanctuary.