Things to do in Ayrshire


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Welcome to Burns' Country

Discover the best of Ayrshire

Introducing ‘Burns' Country’ - home to charming seaside towns, wide open countryside, islands, castles, country homes, forests, golf courses, and the birthplace of Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns. Take the short ferry trip to Arran for the very best of Scotland in miniature; remarkable scenery, food, wildlife and, of course, whisky! If you tire of the country, the vibrant city of Glasgow is just over an hour away. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, why not head to Belfast for the day? Whether it’s a relaxing break spent sightseeing or an action-packed holiday filled with exhilarating outdoor activities, you can enjoy the best of both worlds when you stay at Brunston.


Whisky Tasting

A delight for any whisky enthusiast, A. D. Rattray are independent whisky bottlers established in 1868 and just six miles from Brunston.

Galloway Forest Park

Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills on foot, bike or by car, discover breathtaking scenery and wildlife, and explore one of Europe’s best locations for stargazing.

Isle of Arran

On Arran, you’ll find the best of Scotland in miniature; mountains, forests, wildlife, beaches, and glens. Explore the historic Brodick Castle and beautiful Glenashdale Falls.

Racing at Ayr

Just half an hour from Brunston, Ayr racecourse is home to around 35 exciting race meetings every year, including the exciting Scottish Grand National.

Crossraguel Abbey

A visit to the ruins of the 13th century abbey is a must. See the monks’ church, cloister and even their dovecot. The chapter house still stands, complete with monk’s benches.

Ayr Gallery Theatre

Enjoy an evening show or matinee performance in the intimate setting of Ayr’s famous Gaiety Theatre, including music, comedy, plays and dance.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Meet the animals and enjoy a range of exciting indoor and outdoor activities including bumper boats, assault courses, trampolines, electric tractors and quad biking.

Brodick Castle

Explore this Victorian Highland estate in Arran, whose castle featured on the Royal Bank of Scotland £20 note, as well as landscaped gardens, woodland trails, and waterfalls.

Culzean Castle

See how one of the region’s wealthiest families lived in the 18th century. Set on a dramatic clifftop edge, explore inside the castle and wander around the country park.

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

See the little cottage where Burns lived until the age of seven and immerse yourself in verse, books, manuscripts, artworks and fascinating collector’s items.

Brunston Castle Golf Course

Designed by Donald Steel, this course is one of the best in Scotland and is walking distance from Brunston. The course is split by a salmon river named the Water of Girvan.

Prestwick Golf Club

This course welcomes players from all over the world and is the birthplace of the Open championship. Opened originally in 1851, Prestwick Golf Club is steeped in history.

Belleisle Golf Course

Based in the picture-perfect parkland setting of Belleisle park, this course boasts breathtaking views across the water to the Isle of Arran.

Trump Turnberry, Ailsa

This 18-hole course is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world and has played host to four Open championships.

Dumfries House and Estate

Set in 2,000 acres of spectacular landscaped grounds, the 18th century Dumfries House and Estate is home to an impressive selection of antiques and artwork.

Ayrshire Paths/Dailly Trails

Explore the stunning Ayrshire countryside on foot. The Dailly Trails will take you along flowing rivers, rolling hills and historic castles.


Scotland’s largest city has something for everyone with high end shopping, fabulous restaurants and stunning architecture. All of Glasgow’s museums offer free entry.

Kelburn Castle

Decorated with distinctive Brazilian graffiti, Kelburn Castle is a memorable sight. Take a stroll through the Estate’s Enchanted Forest for a magical family day out.

Scottish Maritime Museum

This award-winning museum by the scenic Irvine Harbourside is home to the country’s maritime collection. A great day out for the whole family.

Cairnryan to Belfast Ferry

Hop on the ferry for a day in Northern Ireland’s capital. Visit the Titanic Experience, Giants Causeway, Belfast Zoo or join the Game of Thrones Tour.

Cream o'Galloway

The place to visit for your ice cream fix! Cream O'Galloway are a leading artisan ice-cream making company that offers ice-cream tasting, a woodland adventure for children.

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