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Ayrshire Holiday Guide

Deep in the lowlands of Scotland lies Ayrshire, and its neighbouring Isle of Arran, where the countryside softens into rolling hills, forests and meadows, with the western coastline dotted with quaint fishing towns, long sandy beaches, historical architecture, and outdoor activities galore.

One of the best ways to explore the county of Ayrshire is to make your way down (or up) the Cumbrae Sensory Trail, which is 11 miles of western Scottish coastline. This is one of the best ways to try the local produce and see why Ayrshire has become so renowned for its agriculture. Wander through the Farmer’s Markets where fresh fruit, vegetables, jams, pickles, baked goods, cheese, organic meat and seafood produce and local arts and crafts are all available, allowing you to bring back holiday tokens to give to your loved ones.

Stay Near Ayrshire’s Best Attractions

Step back in time, and see the UK’s smallest cathedral — the Cathedral of Isles —or see the Culzean Castle that is set on a rising bank overlooking the Firth of Clyde. Wandering the extensive grounds of the Culzean Castle will take you through its beautiful landscaped gardens, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can tour the wilder parts of the property where you might spot darting red squirrels or majestic red deer.

But Ayrshire doesn’t lack for cultural attractions or history, discover the medieval Dundonald Castle, and see in person a Scottish stronghold used by King Robert II to fend off the encroaching English. Spend some time seeing where Scotland’s premier poet Robert Burns was born in the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, or delve into Scotland’s intimate relationship to the sea by visiting the Scottish Maritime Museum.

Hotels Close to Ayrshire’s Outdoor Attractions

When people think of golf and Scotland, their minds immediately spring to the Old Course in St. Andrews, but golf is the national sport of this country and there are courses running the length and breadth of Scotland. Some of the most beautiful are to be found in Ayrshire, where the Open Championship was first held back in 1860. Play the links courses like Prestwick and Trump Turnberry. Then soothe those tired back muscles by booking into one of the many spa hotels available in Irvine, where there is also accommodation to suit every budget and need if you don’t fancy a spell in the sauna.

If golfing isn’t for you, you can still make the most of the outdoors by visiting reserves like Ayr Gorge Woodlands, where you can walk through the trails of the ancient forests, and see the green grass turn blue with bluebells. Or explore the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands, a protected area of wetlands and dry heaths that has become a sanctuary for a diverse list of bird life, such as short-eared owls, merlins and peregrine falcons. There are few exhilarating sites than seeing these fantastic birds of prey in their natural habitat.

Accommodation in Ayr

Wine and dine in the seaside town of Ayr, with its excellent connections to Glasgow. This vibrant town has seen its fair share of travellers over the centuries; welcoming fans of horse racing by playing host to the renowned Scottish Grand National every year. Find restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping boutiques and stay in one of the many hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and guesthouses that are available in this pretty town by the sea.

No matter where your interests lie, the Scottish Lowlands have plenty to offer its visitors, whether it be cultural and historical interests or outdoor and sporting ones. Book a holiday to Ayrshire and enjoy the Scotland that Robert Burns made famous.

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Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland

Maidens Road, Girvan
of 5, from 78 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Girvan hotel is located by the sea, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Turnberry Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of McKechnie Institute and Culzean Castle. Girvan Beach and Crossraguel Abbey are also within 9 miles (15 km).

The Marine Hotel

The Marine Hotel

8 Crosbie Road, Troon
of 5, from 182 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Troon, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Royal Troon Golf Club, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Irvine Beach and Vennel Gallery. Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Centre and Scottish Maritime Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Western House Hotel

Western House Hotel

Craigie Road, Ayr
of 5, from 292 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ayr hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Ayr Racecourse and Auld Brig. Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Centre and Auld Kirk are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Savoy Park Hotel

Savoy Park Hotel

16 Racecourse Road, Ayr
of 5, from 122 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Ayr hotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Wellington Square, Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Centre and Ayr Beach. Ayr Pavilion and Auld Kirk are also within 15 minutes.

Auchrannie Resort

Auchrannie Resort

Auchrannie Road, Isle of Arran
of 5, from 51 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Isle of Arran hotel is located in a rural location, within 3 mi (5 km) of Arran Heritage Museum and Brodick Castle. Goat Fell and Holy Isle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Hallmark Hotel Irvine

Hallmark Hotel Irvine

46 Annick Road, Irvine
of 5, from 347 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Vennel Gallery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Scottish Maritime Museum and Irvine Beach. Rugby Park and Dick Institute are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Horizon Hotel

Horizon Hotel

The Esplanade, Ayr
of 5, from 90 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps away from Ayr Pavilion and Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Centre. Wellington Square and Ayr Beach are also within 10 minutes.

Mercure Ayr Hotel

Mercure Ayr Hotel

Dalblair Road, Ayr
of 5, from 201 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ayr, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wellington Square and Auld Kirk. Pirate Pete's Family Entertainment Centre and Ayr Pavilion are also within 10 minutes.

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