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Roughly covering the area between Ballantrae and Troon, South Ayrshire offers up miles of beautiful coastline, rolling hills and some fantastic holiday experiences.


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South Ayrshire

Top of the list is Culzean Castle, a Robert Adams masterpiece, built in the late 18th century and once described as ‘the playground’ of it’s original owner, David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis. And playground it remains to this day. Perched atop a cliff looking out to sea, Culzean is nestled within 260ha of country park incorporating farm and woodland, beaches, coves and caves, secret follies, formal gardens and glass houses filled with fruit.

Inside the walls (and turrets!) military swords and flintlock pistols are exhibited alongside elaborate Middle Eastern treasures and 19th century watercolours. There is an adventure playground for children and the beach is a great place to spend a few hours paddling and rock pooling.


In fact, families with young children are spoiled for choice in South Ayrshire, with another two fabulous attractions in Heads of Ayr Farm Park and the Fullarton Fairy Trail. The latter features a self led walk through Fullarton Woods, with lots of fairy doors and carvings to be found, as we all as a ‘Dummy Tree’ where children are encouraged to leave their unused dummies behind for the fairies.

Girvan is also a great town to while away a few hours, with the Quay Zone Leisure Centre & Swimming Pool located beside the harbour, regular boat trips leaving for the small island of Ailsa Craig, a bird sanctuary just off shore, and fresh fish and chips to be had from the harbourside.


Alternatively, for couples looking for a spot of luxury and a chance of winning big, there is of course Ayr Race Course, a VisitScotland 5 star visitor attraction renowned for fine hospitality and premier entertainment.

No holiday in South Ayrshire would be complete without a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, where every aspect of our National Bard is celebrated, from his humble beginnings right through to the Monument where Burns tourism began in 1823. Visitors can view handwritten manuscripts and ‘walk in the footsteps’ of Tam o’ Shanter himself, to Alloway Auld Kirk and over the Brig o’ Doon.

Holidaymakers should not leave South Ayrshire without trying some of the delicious fresh seafood on offer at places like Wildings, at Maidens, or MacCallums Oyster Bar, at Troon. Finally, South Ayrshire is of course world renowned for golf with eight fantastic links and parkland courses including Royal Troon, Belleisle and Trump Turnberry.

Want to know more about Ayrshire? Take a look at our North and East Ayrshire pages!


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