NORTH AYRSHIRE, SOUTH AYRSHIRE
and EAST AYRSHIRE

 
 

 
Auchagallon Stone CircleAuchagallon, Isle of ArranStanding Stones
A Bronze Age kerb cairn surrounded by a circle of 15 standing stones.

Bachelor's ClubTarboltonOther Building
In 1779 Burns attended dancing lessons in this 17th-century thatched house. He formed a debating club here in 1780 and drew up the 10 Rules of Membership for the society. One rule stated that to be a member you had to be a bachelor living in the parish of Tarbolton thus the property earning its name ‘Bachelors’ Club’. Robert Burns was also initiated into Freemasonry in the upper room in 1781.

Brodick CastleBrodickCastle & Garden
Brodick Castle and Country Park is unique in being the only island country park in Britain. The Castle offers 600 years of history, a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts, and stunning views over Brodick Bay to the Ayrshire Coast. The Castle Gardens provide an unrivalled experience from the formal walled garden to its woodland walks. Brodick holds three national collections of rhododendron that flower in almost every month of the year. The Park extends from seashore to mountain top with over ten miles of way-marked trails and abundant wildlife. With its backdrop of mountain peaks, its terraced lawns and luxuriant gardens, Brodick Castle and Country Park is the very image of a Victorian ‘Highland’ estate.

Burns National Heritage ParkAyrHouse and Park
Includes Burns Cottage, the birthplace of Scotland's national Bard and a world-class museum collection, the Burns Monument, Brig o'Doon, haunted Kirk Alloway, gardens and countryside.

Carn BanLagg, Isle of ArranPrehistoric Site
One of the most famous of the Neolithic long cairns of south-west Scotland. Walk of four miles to site.

Crossraguel AbbeyMayboleCathedral - Abbey
Crossraguel Abbey stands silent and ruined today. Yet because of its completeness it still conveys much of the peace and spiritual glory of the monks who served here through four centuries. It was founded early in the 13th century by Duncan of Carrick, heir of the Earl of Carrick. He invited monks of the Cluniac order from Paisley Abbey to build this new daughter house of Cluny. The order was named after the abbey of Cluny in central France. Paisley and Crossraguel were the only Cluniac monasteries established in Scotland.

Culzean Castle & Country ParkMayboleCastle
Romantic 18th-century castle perched on a rocky promontory with superb panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde, situated in approximately 600 acres of woodland and formal gardens, and boasting three miles of varied coastline. Attractions include enchanting Victorian walled garden with newly restored vinery, wildlife garden, herb garden, children’s adventure playground, swan pond, deer park, camellia house and gas house exhibition. Fully licensed self-service Home Farm restaurant, Old Stables Coffee House (by the Castle) and Swan Pond refreshment kiosk

Dundonald CastleKilmarnockCastle
Set on top of a hill the castle is visible for miles around. Even so, it is surprisingly difficult to find the castle once you are in the village of Dundonald itself! The prominent hill is believed to have been occupied before 2000BC and a wooden hill fort built on the site between 500 and 200BC. In the 12th century an earthwork and timber fort was built by Walter, the High Steward of King David I. A more substantial Dundonald Castle was originally built by the Stewart family in the 13th century. Much of that grand castle was destroyed during the Wars of Independence with England early in the 14th century. The castle was then rebuilt in the middle of the 14th century by King Robert II and it is this castle which we see today. The castle was also used by King Robert III. King Robert II died at Dundonald in 1390 and Robert III also died there, in 1406.

GoatfellBrodickFell
The Arran skyline is dominated by the jagged summits and ridges of Goatfell and the surrounding hills, providing a dramatic backdrop to Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park. It is a spectacular example of an open, rugged, upland landscape formed during the last ice age.

Isle of Arran DistilleryArranDistillery
For a unique day out!" Picturesque Lochranza, at the north of the Island is the location of Arran's first legal distillery for over 150 years! Until the 19th century, Arran was renowned for its Malt Whisky, often made illicitly, and known locally as "Arran Water". Enjoy an interesting and informative visit to the Distillery, where you can see production of the Arran Malt.

Kilpatrick DunKilpatrick, Isle of ArranPrehistoric Site
The ruins of a circular drystone homestead of unknown date, with a more recent enclosure wall. Walk of half mile to site.

Kilwinning AbbeyKilwinningAbbey
The much-reduced remains of a Tironensian-Benedictine abbey, established from Kelso. The surviving fragments include parts of the abbey church and chapter house. Most of the remains date back to the 13th century.

Loch Doon CastleCraigmallochCastle
Transplanted in the mid-1930s from an island in the middle of Loch Doon due to a hydro electric scheme, the castle consists of an eleven-sided curtain wall, of fine masonry, dating from 1300.

Lochranza CastleLochranza, BrodickCastle
A fine tower house, a 16th-century reconstruction of a late 12th-century hall house.

Machrie Moor Stone CirclesBlackwaterfoot, Isle of ArranStanding Stones
The remains of five stone circles of Bronze Age date. This is one of the most important sites of its kind in Britain. One and a half mile walk to site.

Maybole Collegiate ChurchMayboleChurch
The chapel of St Mary was founded by John Kennedy of Dunure in 1371 and the associated college 11 years later. Its function was to allow prayers to be said for the founder and his family.

Moss Farm Road Stone CircleBlackwaterfoot, Isle of ArranPrehistoric Site
The remains of a Bronze Age cairn surrounded by a stone circle.

Rowallan CastleKilmarnockCastle
Set in rolling Ayrshire parkland, Rowallan Castle is a hidden gem. The castle is an extraordinary Renaissance house and within it is the evidence of its development from the 13th century to the 18th century. It was the home of an important Ayrshire family, the Muirs, who counted writers, historians, composers and builders amongst their number. Indeed, the earliest Lute music to survive in Scotland was written at Rowallan and can once again be heard in its original setting.

Skelmorlie AisleLargsMonument
This jewel-like monument was erected in 1636 for Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie. The monument contains an elaborate carved stone tomb in Renaissance style and a painted timber ceiling featuring lively scenes illustrating the seasons.

Souter Johnnie's CottageKirkoswaldCottage
A beautiful thatched cottage containing shoemaking tools and Burns-related artefacts.

St Bride's ChurchDouglasChurch
The choir and south side of the nave of a late 14th-century parish church. The choir contains three canopied monuments to the Douglas family, including the tomb of Good Sir James who famously carried Bruce’s heart on Crusade.

Torr A'chaisteal FortBlackwaterfoot, Isle of ArranPrehistoric Site
A circular Iron Age fort on a ridge.

Torrylin CairnLagg, Isle of ArranPrehistoric Site
A Neolithic chambered cairn, with four compartments visible.


 
Ardeer Golf ClubStevenston
Arran Heritage MuseumBrodick, Isle of Arran
Ayr Carnegie LibraryAyr
Ayrshire (E.C.O.) Yeomanry MuseumAlloway
Baird Institute History Centre and MuseumCumnock
Balmichael Visitor CentreShiskine, Isle of Arran
Bargany GardensGirvan
Barwinnock Herb Garden and NurseryBarrhill, Girvan
Blackshaw Farm ParkWest Kilbride
Blairquhan CastleMaybole
Brodick Castle WoodBrodick
Brodick Tourist Information CentreBrodick
Burns House MuseumMauchline
Butlins Wonderwest WorldAyr
Citadel Leisure CentreAyr
Dalgarven Mill & MuseumKilwinning
Dean Castle Country ParkKilmarnock
Diamond FactoryAyr
Dick Institute Art Gallery and MuseumKilmarnock
Dunaskin ExperiencePatna
Girvan Tourist Information CentreGirvan
Glasgow Prestwick International AirportPrestwick
Heads of Ayr ParkAyr
Hunterston Power StationWest Kilbride
Irvine Tourist Information CentreIrvine
Isle of Arran Heritage MuseumArran
Kelburn Castle and Country CentreFairlie
Kid'z PlayPrestwick
Kilmarnock Tourist Information CentreKilmarnock
Largs MuseumLargs
Largs Tourist Information CentreLargs
Lochranza Tourist Information CentreLochranza, Brodick
Loudoun Castle Theme ParkGalston
Machrie Moor Stone CirclesMachrie Moor
Magnum Leisure CentreIrvine
Millport Tourist Information CentreMillport
Museum of the CumbraesMillport
North Ayrshire MuseumSaltcoats
Pavilion BowlAyr
Royal Troon Golf ClubTroon
Rozelle House GalleriesAyr
Scottish Industrial Railway CentreBurnton
Scottish Maritime MuseumIrvine
Sorn Castle and GardenMauchline
South Bank Farm ParkEast Bennan, Isle of Arran
Tam O' Shanter ExperienceAyr
Troon Tourist Information CentreTroon
Vennel GalleryVennel, Irvine
Vikingar ExperienceLargs

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