20th April 2021
Scotland is well known for its wild countryside and rugged coastlines, and tens of thousands of people flock here every year to relax, unwind, and take in the scenery.
Whilst most people head to the world-famous mountains and lochs of the Highlands, the coastal county of Ayrshire offers an accessible and greatly overlooked alternative for all the family to enjoy.
With our cosy, self-catered accommodation serving as your home from home, Turnberry Apartments are the perfect place from which to start exploring the very best that Ayrshire has to offer.
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Perfect for families, nearby Culzean Castle is the classic countryside idyll.
Built in the late 1700s, the clifftop Culzean Castle House overlooks the beautiful Ayrshire coastline and surrounding gardens. The house itself contains a vast collection of antique pistols and swords, opulent décor, and is said to be haunted by several ghosts.
The grounds are the real attraction however – 260 hectares of manicured gardens, caves, water features and greenhouses offer hours of fun exploring. There is even an adventure playground for the younger tourists!
Isle of Arran – Goatfell
Feel like some serious exploring? A visit to Arran island is a must, offering the excitement of a ferry journey across the picturesque Firth of Clyde.
Make sure to pack your walking shoes – Arran is home to a variety of beautiful trails through fairytale-esque forests and moorland. If you have the time (and the energy), setting a day aside to hike one of the many Goatfell trails will reward you with incredible views of the island, the Firth of Clyde, and the surrounding Scottish coastline.
Galloway Forest Park and Loch Doon
If Arran seems like a little too much commitment but you’d still like to immerse yourself in nature, head to Galloway Forest Park, a short drive away.
Here you’ll find swathes of unspoilt woodland and the wildlife that calls it home, including a herd of majestic red deer.
A short drive further from our Turnberry apartments, Loch Doon is an excellent place to experience fresh countryside air and scenery, and the perfect place for a picnic – go for a trail walk around the shore of the Loch, or climb the surrounding hillsides for breath-taking views.
As well as countryside, the West coast of Scotland has some incredible beaches, and few are worth visiting more than Troon beach.
Sweeping the length of the bay, Troon beach is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine, set against the backdrop of Arran island, visible across the firth. Spend the day lazing around on the sand, and walk the quaint promenade to enjoy typical seaside fare in the afternoon.
When you’re done, you can also head into Troon itself, where the restaurants feature excellent seafood dining using locally caught fish.