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Attractions in Ayrshire

Away from the beaches, the mountains and the picture-postcard destinations, there's lots to see and do in Ayrshire, including many popular visitor attractions.

Perfect for when the weather isn't being so kind, here you can spend many an hour (or a day) and you certainly won't feel like it's time wasted during your stay.

From castles and museums to farm and country parks, there is so much to see and do! To help inspire you further we've picked out just a few our favourite that we know you'll love!

Robert Burns Museum

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Robert Burns is Scotland’s National Bard, and his poetry and songs are loved the world over. Discover the man and his genius in the beautiful village of Alloway. See the world’s most important collection of Burns artefacts and works in our interactive museum, and visit the humble cottage where he was born and raised.

Culzean Castle

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. With gardens, beaches, woods, trails and new adventure playgrounds to explore, and to crown it all, a cliff-top castle of monumental size: there’s no doubt you’ll have a fantastic day out at Culzean. There really is something for all the family in this wildlife-rich 260ha estate, which is opulent to the extreme.

Dumfries House

Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. Admission to Dumfries House is by guided tour only. There is no charge for admission onto the Estate. Saved by the intervention of HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007, Dumfries House combines the architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th century Scottish cabinet makers.

Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all the family. The Country Park boasts a 14th century castle, beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom and shop. A multi million pound development project is currently underway.

Heads Of Ayr Farm Park

Whatever the weather, there is fun for all the family at Heads of Ayr Farm Park. There are many different animals to meet and learn all about. Visit the animal byre to a variety of smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, degus, mice and birds. Venture outside to see many of the larger residents including Ralph the Camel, Troy the Tapir, llamas, ponies, donkeys and goats. The Park is also home to various breeds of monkeys, lemurs and meerkats!


Local beaches

The closest beach is just a 300 metre stroll from the park, and there are many more coastal coves and stretches of sand to find nearby.

Golf holidays

The world-famous Turnberry Golf Club is a draw to the keenest golfers, but there are plenty of other great courses nearby that are well worth a go