The west coast of Scotland boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and this includes Ayrshire which is situated on the West coast and which lies on the shores of the Firth Of Clyde. Only a 40 minute drive from Glasgow, Ayrshire has sandy shores, stunning scenery, a wealth of outdoor pursuits as well as an abundance of golf courses that feature both links and inland layouts.
Ayrshire offers everything you need for an action packed holiday or a relaxing visit. You can also enjoy and soak up some of the individual Scottish culture that is evident all around this remarkable county. There is an array of places to enjoy a day out. Whether you want an exciting day at the races or a boat trip to Ailsa Craig to see the wildlife and sea birds, you will not be disappointed with this part of Scotland.
There is plenty of self catering accommodation available in Ayrshire. You can choose to stay in a simple apartment, cottage or bungalow. Alternatively, choose something a little more exotic and spend your holiday in a yurt or a villa. Pet friendly accommodation is also available with hotels or camping and caravan sites offering both you and your pet a very warm welcome.
As well as being the birthplace of Robert Burns, who is still celebrated every year on Burn's Night with a traditional supper of haggis, neeps and tatties, Ayrshire has lots of attractions that cater for all ages and tastes. Kelburn Castle and Estate is one such place with beautiful woodlands, a nearby glen that features waterfalls and deep gorges and an adventure park and playground. One of the most unusual aspects of the castle is the artwork on the turrets, an element of this 13th century castle that is well worth seeing.
Treasure Trails of The Unexpected is just that! Treasure hunts using bikes, cars, public transport or your own feet. You can choose from one of several ready-to-go hunts or opt for a bespoke adventure anywhere in Ayrshire. Based in the city of Ayr, this is a great way to spend a day out with family or friends.
Scotland is full of art and one of the most innovative galleries is the Maclaurin Art Gallery. Set within the stunning grounds of Rozelle Park which also features a grand mansion house, the gallery exhibits local artists as well as national and international names. After viewing the contemporary artworks you can take a meal or tea in the tearooms which also offer outside seating.
Largs is a town located on the Firth of Clyde and is another hidden gem of Scotland. This pretty seaside resort has an interactive Viking centre as well as a ferry and paddle steamer. Geraldo's of Largs is a 5 star tourist shop where you can choose from a wide array of gifts to take home. A broad range of handmade chocolates, craft gins and unusual liqueurs can be bought from the store and depending on the time of year, there are always new seasonal confections available to try and buy. Geraldo's also offers the most tempting award winning ice creams so a trip to this amazing store is not to be missed.
Ayrshire is full of picturesque towns and villages, a beautiful coastline and many fascinating attractions and places to explore. If you want a family break, a couples weekend or a longer stay in Scotland, look no further than Ayrshire.