Places to Visit in Ayrshire
Culzean Castle, near Maybole
Owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Culzean Castle stands on the cliffs looking out towards Arran and Ailsa Craig. The Castle was built by Robert Adam in the 18th century and in the 20th century, President Eisenhower was given the use of apartments during his lifetime in recognition of his contribution to the war effort. Within the Castle grounds are a deer park, swan pond, children’s play area, picnic area, restaurant, visitor centre, and a ranger service.
Burns Cottage and Museum, Alloway
The cottage where Robert Burns was born has been restored to be today much as it was during the poet’s life. An audio visual presentation tells the story of the Poet’s life, and the adjacent museum contains an important collection of Burns artifacts and manuscripts.
The Big Idea, Irvine
A new museum celebrating a thousand years of invention, built as a permanent Millennium exhibition. Interactive exhibits and an opportunity to create your own invention make for an innovative day out for all ages.
Crossraguel Abbey, near Maybole
Owned and managed by Historic Scotland, Crossraguel Abbey was one of the few Cluniac settlements in Scotland. The abbey’s ruins are extensive.
Forest Enterprise, Ayrshire
Enjoy a great day out in the Galloway Forest Park with stunning scenery and wildlife, waymarked trails, cycle routes and 3 visitor centres offering information, shops and tea rooms. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre also has a state of the art play area. Guided walks and special events are also available.
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park
The Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park crosses the border of Ayrshire into Renfrewshire. An Area of exceptional natural beauty, it offers a variety of outdoor activities in stunning surroundings, including, cycling, sailing, archery, fishing and more. The various visitor centres around the park provide activities for children and information about the natural history of the area.