Ayrshire - Attractions for everyone

Here is a small list of our favourites. Once you book a B&B they will provide much more information on request.

Culzean Castle, near Turnberry

Regarded as the best National Trust property in Scotland, you can spend a full day exploring the extensive grounds as well as visiting the castle itself. There are interesting walks around the swan pond, walled garden and along the beach. Lots for the children to do with play areas and animals. Coffee shop and gift shop.

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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr

A brand new building was opened in 2011 to house the extensive collection of Burns manuscripts and artefacts. You can visit the cottage where Robert was born and spent his early years. The museum has interactive displays that will interest people of all ages, including the kids. An excellent coffee shop and gift shop compliment the visit.

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Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

A new museum was opened in 2013 in Irvine, mainly inside the Linthouse Building, a unique Grade A listed 19th century building. A huge collection of historic ships, machinery and artefacts are brought to life by the many stories around the walls about the workers and people who made shipbuilding famous. The museum is conscious of the need to preserve the heritage and culture of the area, and they promote learnng through educational visits.

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Dalgarven Mill, Kilwinning

Housed in a renovated corn mill, the Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume is an amazing visit. The mill has been in the owners family for generations, and it has been lovingly restored over many years. The collection is now vast, and it's very interesting to see how life was in your granny's day. The costume display is changed from time to time, making a return very worthwhile, not to mention the superb home baking and light lunches.

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Walking and cycling in Ayrshire

The stunning Ayrshire scenery is ideal for outdoor pursuits. There are numerous paths and trails with excellent leaflets. Walk the well-known Ayrshire Coastal Path, with views across to the Isle of Arran. You're bound to see plenty wild life, be it deer on the hillside or seals and cormorants near the rocks. There are many cycle routes with Ayrshire becoming known as cycling holiday destination.

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The Firth of Clyde is an ideal base for yachts to explore the world-famous west coast of Scotland, regarded as some of the best sailing waters in the world. There are large marinas at Troon, Largs and Inverkip. Dinghy sailing, kayaking and windsurfing are also popular, and Troon offers some of the best facilities for Kitesurfing, having held several national events.

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