Top recommended places to visit in Ayrshire

Our top 10 places to visit in Ayrshire:

1. Burns Country

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2. Visit Culzean Castle and Gardens

18th century Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast, Robert Adam’s final masterpieceis the most visited property of the National Trust for Scotland. Situated in approximately 600 acres of woodland and formal gardens, and boasting three miles of varied coastline

3. Visit other great Ayrshire castles and historic houses

Highlights include Blairquhan Castle, Dunure Castle (ruin), Dundonald Castle, Greenan Castle (ruin) and Rozelle Hosue in Alloway

4. Ayr town centre shopping

Ayr Central Shopping Centre is the number one shopping destination in Ayr hosting the biggest names in retail that Ayrshire has seen including Debenhams, Next, Primark, HMV, JD Sports and River Island

5. Scottish Maritime Museum

Here you will find exhibitions, ship models and a children's activity area. Guided tours start here throughout the day. You can also visit Scotland's "Cathedral to Engineering", and much of the Museum's collection inside, including shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, smaller boats, canoes, lifeboats, and much more

6. Vikingar! Largs

Award winning, action packed historical Vikingar! where you can meet real live Vikings and hear about their exploits, adventures and battles in Scotland

7. Visit Arran

On Arran you can travel back beyond the mists of time and visit prehistoric standing stones on Machrie Moor, while Brodick Castle, the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, Balmichael Visitor Centre and Arran Aromatics are well worth a visit

8. Visit the many country and wildlife parks

Highlights are Dean Castle Country Park, Kelburn Country Park, Heads of Ayr Farm Park and Culzean Country Park

9. Visit Ayr Flower Show

Held annually in August, Ayr Flower Show is Scotland's answer to the Chelsea Flower show and since 1960 has been delighting and captivating visitors to the town as well as being a red letter weekend in the local events calendar        

10. Attend a wealth of Ayrshire events

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