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Idyllically situated in the south west coast of Scotland, Ayrshire and Arran is steeped in ancient history, encompassing an exuberant array of beautifully restored castles, immaculate gardens and country parks and heritage sites at the doorstep of the Ayr, the main county town. Whether you are seeking a relaxing weekend away or a more adventurous affair, Ayrshire and Arran is an idyllic destination for exploring Scotland’s South West before hopping across to Ireland, with fast ferry services to Belfast from Troon.
Spanning around 80 miles of rugged coastline to the south west of the bustling metropolis of Glasgow, Ayrshire is boasts a magnificent array of ancient standing stones dating from the Bronze Age to Viking Battle Sites in its northern reaches, particularly around Largs, home to the annual Viking Festival in August. The county is the birthplace of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns who was born in a cottage in the picturesque village of Alloway near Ayr, and today visitors are offered can view snippets and traces of the life and times of the poet at Burn’s Cottage in the village itself. Not only is Burns celebrated on the 25th of January each year across the globe, Ayrshire also pays homage to the life and works of the bard through poetry and song with a contemporary twist at the Burns An ‘A That’ festival satged at various towns and villages across the county each May.
Golfing Aficionados are treated to an exuberant array of over 40 premiere golf courses with Open Championship courses at Turnberry and Troon, each offering spectacular panoramic vistas overlooking the Clyde Coast and Ailsa Craig -a rocky outcrop in the Firth of Clyde marking the beginning of Irish Sea. Whether you have an inclination for fishing and sailing, various boating and sea angling excursions are on offer from Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Irvine, Largs amongst other coastal towns in Ayrshire. Equally, The Scottish Grand National and other race meetings certainly offer a fun day out at Ayr Race Course, dating from as far back as the 16th Century and attracting thousands of visitors from across the UK, The Irish Sea and beyond.
Alternatively, why not hop on the ferry across to Arran from Ardrossan in North Ayrshire where you can experience the romantic and desolate mountains and glens of this enchanting island on the Firth of Clyde. Quintessentially Scottish, it is affectionately referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ with beautiful coves and beaches, imposing peaks and gentle low-lying topography all occupying its landmass. Arran is large enough to offer outdoor enthusiasts a multitude of activities ranging from sea angling, white water rafting and trekking amongst its unsurpassed range of landscapes, firmly ranking it as a major holiday destination in the South West of Scotland.