Often referred to as “Scotland in miniature”, Arran is easily accessible from the mainland and is the perfect destination for a leisure break or day trip. The ferry leaves from Ardrossan (just five minutes from The Waterside Hotel) and arrives into the main town of Brodick. Moving around the island is easy by car, foot or cycling. With so much to see and do, why not consider one of the seven golf courses or the more adventurous could climb Goatfell Mountain, Arran’s highest peak. Stunning beaches, Isle of Arran Distillery, local heritage and much more await visitors to Arran.
For further information visit visitarran.com
Discerning golfers visiting Ayrshire really are spoiled for choice with so many world class championship courses on the doorstep, including the birthplace of the Open, Prestwick Golf Club and Open Championship venues such as Royal Troon and Turnberry. There are so many other great courses too, like Dundonald Links (directly opposite The Gailes Hotel), home of the men's and ladies Scottish Open, plus great tests like Western Gailes, Glasgow Links, Kilmarnock Barassie and many more.
Suggested sites: ayrshiregolfscotland.com gailesgolfleisure.com
Scotland’s Bard is synonymous with Ayrshire and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway is a truly unique experience and the perfect place to learn about Scotland’s favourite son. The museum houses Burns’ most important collection of works, while visitors also have the chance to see the Burns Cottage and other historic landmarks.
For more information visit burnsmuseum.org.uk
Scotland's premier racecourse with a host of high quality meetings through the year. The Scottish Grand National is one of the key meetings as is the Gold Cup Festival in September plus many other great race days. Wonderful day out with family or friends. Entertainment after race meetings.
For full fixture list and information visit ayr-racecourse.co.uk
One of the most stunning locations for a castle anywhere in the world, Culzean Castle is perched on a cliff-top overlooking the Firth of Clyde. The National Trust venue is also set in 600 acres of stunning countryside and makes for the perfect family day out.
For further information visit nts.org.uk
One of Ayrshire’s hidden gems which offers stunning views across the countryside and beyond to Arran. Built for Robert II around 1371, Dundonald Castle was the “Cradle of the Stewart Dynasty”. Why not start the wonderful Smugglers’ Trail walk from the castle, which literally goes past the front door of the Old Loans Inn and beyond to Troon beach passed Royal Troon Golf Club. Learn more about Dundonald Castle’s backstory at the visitor centre, gift and coffee shop.
For more information visit dundonaldcastle.org.uk