Ayrshire

Ayrshire is located in the South West of Scotland and as well as being an established destination for short breaks, golf, activities and history it also remains well located for trips to both Glasgow and Edinburgh and indeed as a gateway to the West Highlands of Scotland through the Island of Arran.

Ayrshire has plenty to offer the visitor, from its links with the Scottish Bard, Robert Burns, through to world famous golf and some of the best sailing waters in the United Kingdom. Horse riding, hunting, shooting and fishing can all be arranged for guests in conjunction with nearby estates and increasingly outdoor activities and extreme sports are becoming more available. 

Castles and historic trails abound with many famous sites of interest and ruins to be explored and a host of attractions associated with Burns.

On a sporting level, top quality horseracing takes place throughout the year at Ayr Racecourse and Premier League Scottish football can be watched at Kilmarnock Football Club and of course the Open Championship is played every few years in the county with the 2009 event being played over The Ailsa Course at Turnberry.

With the M77 motorway the city of Glasgow is only twenty minutes from much of Ayrshire and that opens up a range of world famous museums and galleries, arguably the best shopping outside of London and top class theatre, concerts and festivals.

For touring, Loch Lomond is less than an hour's drive and the capital city of Edinburgh less than two hours.

Whatever your primary reason for visiting Ayrshire, there are plenty of secondary ones to keep you occupied during your stay.