Ayrshire Attractions

Golf in South Ayrshire

The Beechwood is right in the heart of Scotland's 'Golf Coast' near to the championship courses Royal Troon, Turnberry, Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes, Kilmarnock, Barassie and Irvine Bogside. The most notable is Prestwick, the Birthplace of Open Championship Golf and mecca to golfers the world over. The first Open Championship was held at Prestwick in 1860. The 'Open' was played 24 times at Prestwick - the last in 1925 - thereafter the crowds became too large.

The choice of courses is endless. South Ayrshire's municipal courses offer superb golf and good value, especially Belleisle, Lochgreen and Darley. These excellent courses are extremely popular with visitors and locals alike.

Packages, including tee-off times to suit all standards and budgets, can be tailor made - golf is spoken here!
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Ayr Racecourse

Ayr is Scotland's premier racecourse, hosting both Flat and National Hunt fixtures. Normally holding at least 25 days racing every year Ayr is host to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races during it's 12 month racing programme.

The highlight of the jumping season is undoubtedly the Scottish Grand National, held in April, just a couple of weeks or so after the Aintree equivalent with many top performers taking in both races. None have so far emulated the great Red Rum who won both races in 1974.
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Robert Burns Experience, cottage and museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland's favourite son.

The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world's most important collection of his life and works.
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Isle of Arran

Often referred to as 'Scotland in Miniature', the Isle of Arran within a short compass captures many aspects of the beauty of Scotland as a whole, from towering granite peaks inviting hill walkers and climbers to peaceful sandy bays overlooked by palm trees growing in the warm climate of The Gulf Stream.

The wildlife is outstanding, with deer, pheasant, otter and eagle readily seen in the mountains. There are over 100 species of birds. There are colonies of seals near coastal caves, trails and pathways to mysterious Bronze Age Stone Circles, and many relaxing angling hours to be enjoyed by streams or sea. 7 challenging golf courses tempt the golfer, whilst history and heritage is catered for at Brodick Castle and various museums.
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The Waverley

The famous Waverley - the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. It is thought that this famous ship is probably the most photographed ship in the world!

Built on the Clyde in 1947 - to replace the original Waverley that sunk off Dunkirk in 1940, the Waverley was originally built to sail only between Craigendorran & Arrochar in West Scotland. It is amazing to think that she now sails right round Britain offering regular trips on the Clyde, the Thames, South Coast of England and the Bristol Channel with other calls at various ports & piers throughout the UK.

1 doesn't get you much these days, but in 1974 it bought a 693-tonne paddle steamer! Mounting running costs left the then operators no choice but to withdraw Waverley from service with the idea of preserving this unique ship. The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) stepped in and took over the helm - for the princely sum of 1. It is a credit to the Society and supporters that the Waverley became more than a museum and now operates a full programme of cruises from Easter to October.
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Culzean Castle & Country Park

Approximately 600 acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks, colourful terraced gardens, charming follies and inviting sandy bays.
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For Kids

Kelburn Estate
A secret forest, a crocodile swamp and an amazing adventure course makes Kelburn Country Centre one of Scotland's most thrilling days out for kids. Based around a 13th Century castle that's had an amazing makeover courtesy of a team of Brazilian artists, the estate near Largs, Ayrshire also features pony-trekking and a fabulous pets' corner for the little ones.
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Pirate Petes
This is Scotland's biggest and best adventure play and the only one with a 4 star tourist board rating.
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Kids Play
A purpose built jungle theme indoor play centre for children. Let your child's imagination run riot on the snake slides, tube slides, activity towers, ball pool and soft play area for toddlers.
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Heads of Ayr Farm Park
At Heads of Ayr Farm Park - whatever the weather - you'll find plenty to see and do, with activities for all ages.
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Tenpin Bowling, Megazone, Pool & Amusements
LA Bowl Ayr is a family run business and is one of Scotland's top Tenpin Bowling centres, not only do we have 16 state of the art bowing lanes, we offer an exciting Lazer Arena, American Diner, the latest Amusement Arcade Machines, Pool Table, Air Hockeyand Bar.
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Craft Daft
You pay a £4.00 Studio Fee which covers the cost of paint, brushes, bottom on seat then choose the piece you wish to paint, make or decorate and add this to your Studio Fee. Sessions last for up to 2 hours and hot & cold drinks and snacks are always on sale. No booking is required to drop in though, if its a special occasion or a large group, we are delighted to take your reservation.
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Citadel Leisure Centre
Swimming pool and leisure centre.
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