Welcome to Ayrshire and Arran
Within an hour of Scotland's largest city Glasgow, Ayrshire and The Isle of Arran provide a rural idyll, offering fantastic landscapes, a majestic coast, a huge variety of outdoor activities, and a rich history. Widely known as 'Burns Country', throughout Ayrshire you will find fascinating tributes to the life and work of Robert Burns, Scotland's National Bard. From his birthplace in Alloway to The Museum in Mauchline where he lived and worked you can find out more of his fascinating life and legacy.
The 80 miles of coastline boasts long stretches of sandy beach with sights such as Culzean Castle and Ailsa Craig to be enjoyed. Seabirds abound with gannets and puffins in plenty. Largs, a very popular tourist town, has one of the largest marinas in Scotland and is the venue for major sailing events. The island of Cumbrae can be reached by a 10 minute ferry ride from here, making it one of the most accessible islands in Scotland. Just 4 miles long and 2 miles wide it's a great place for walking and cycling. Another popular activity is the' 3 ferry hop' from Gourock, taking in the island of Bute and the beautiful Cowal peninsula.
Only a short ferry journey separates you from the magical island of Arran. Known as Scotland in Miniature, Arran offers visitors a feast of rugged mountains, purple heather moors, and sublime beaches with wonderful wildlife including red squirrels , golden eagles, and red deer. This landscape also inspires local artists as well as creators of pottery, woodwork and porcelain.
Combine rolling farmland with its unspoilt coastline and this region can offer a true taste of Scotland. Its delicious seafood is matched with Haggis - made famous by Burns and on Arran award winning cheese and ice-cream is produced by the local dairy. The island also has a Distillery and a Brewery.
This region, on the west coast of Scotland, just south of Glasgow is easily accessible by road, rail, air and ferry with the city of Glasgow only an hour away.