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Ayrshire is one of the birth places of golf. In Scotland, it started at the Open Championship and now hosts more than fifty golf courses across the region. With superb championship courses at Troon and Rowallan any golf lover will have plenty of green to choose from. The Heathland course at Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, is well worth visiting even just to experience the island. There is much more to see and do and with the coastline stretching over eighty miles there are fantastic sandy beaches and quiet smugglers coves to explore. Browse our selection of holiday cottages in Ayrshire and find your perfect holiday today with Discover Scotland.
Places To Visit
Culture and history is always close to hand and Ayrshire has particularly strong links with Robert Burns, the Bard of Scotland, and is home to the Burns Monument Centre set in peaceful parkland in Kilmarnock together with the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway and the Burns House Museum in Mauchline.
Other sites not to be missed include National Trust for Scotland Culzean Castle (pronounced Cull-ane) just south of Ayr and of course, Dumfries House which was largely saved and opened for the public through the support of HRH Prince Charles. If you have time for local island hopping a trip to Arran is well worth while including a visit to Brodick Castle.
Enjoyable family days out, when not on the beach, can be had attractions such as Heads of Ayr farm park with play areas and farm animals or Kelburn Castle and Country Centre at Farlie. The castle has received much media attention recently with its colourfully-painted castle walls and for its impressive raised woodland walkways and indoor/outdoor play areas.
The Clyde coast is a wonderful place to visit for both wildlife and walking and pleasant coastal and rural walks allow it to be explored in peace and quiet. It is of course also a busy centre for sailing with busy centres at Prestwick, Largs and Inverkip. Day trips on can be arranged from these centres to explore the coast and have a chance to see Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Otters, Sea-Eagles and majestic seabirds in this rich marine environment and will make a very special and memorable day out.
The historic maritime connections of the area are commemorated with the Scottish Maritime Museum which is situated on Irvine’s Harbourside. The museum provides exhibitions and ship models as well as Scotland’s ‘Cathedral of Engineering’, the Linthouse Engine Shop, built in 1872. The museum also includes a tour of a shipyard workers’ tenement flat, restored to its pre-1920s appearance.