Ayrshire and the Isles of Arran & Cumbrae...

the world's best golfing, scenic beauty, coast, hills and islands, it's all here...
Both Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran are steeped in history dating back to the very dawn of civilisation - from the mysterious Bronze Age standing stones on Arran and the Viking attacks of the early Middle Ages to the magnificence of Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire Coast. With an excellent transport network allowing easy access via air (Glasgow and Prestwick Airports), sea, road and rail, this is the perfect holiday and short break destination. Surrounded by natural beauty and seascape, fascinating history, adventure in the great outdoors, superior accommodation and gourmet dining - Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran & Cumbrae have it all. If you are a golfer, the area offers over 42 courses including three Open Championship links courses at Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry - this is a golfers’ paradise. Much of Ayrshire is steeped in the history of Scotland’s most famous poet and writer, Robert Burns, especially Alloway and Mauchline. The Burns National Heritage Park is a must see attraction. On the coast, both Ayr and Prestwick are popular seaside towns offering excellent shopping and beaches with stunning views over the Firth of Clyde to Arran. Golf is a major attraction as are Ayr Races. Many of the seaside towns of Ayrshire have excellent beaches and accommodation facilities and their scenic views over the Firth of Clyde towards Arran and Cumbrae are superb.

To the south of Ayrshire with beautiful sea views across to Ailsa Craig and Arran lies Culzean Castle, designed by Robert Adams. This is a must see attraction, hailed as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ by the Scottish National Trust. Dubbed “Scotland in Miniature”, the Isle of Arran packs a punch and gives the best of what Scotland has to offer in one stunning location. Sitting astride the Highland Boundary Fault, giving rise to the spectacular scenery - coastal and inland it offers opportunities for some excellent walking and cycling, local food & drink - it also has its own distillery. Cumbrae is also known for cycling but in this case not too strenuous as this lovely little island is very flat!