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Local Activities

GOLF Troon, Prestwick and Turnberry plus numerous local courses.

BEACHES at Troon and Prestwick.

Robert BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM opened January 2011 encompassing Burns’ Cottage, Alloway Auld Kirk, Brig O Doon and the Burns Monument. Explore Burns Country.

CASTLES Culzean Castle, the National Trust’s flagship, Dean Castle, Dundonald Castle or walk to Craigie Castle.

DAY TRIPS by ferry to the Island of Arran for Brodick Castle or to Rothesay, Island of Bute, for Mount Stuart, a gothic mansion, home to the descendants of the Royal House of Stuart, with flamboyant interiors and 300 acres of gardens.

FOR CHILDREN (or the young at heart!) all in Ayrshire - Galleon Centre, ice rink, pool, squash, bowling and Dean Castle, playground and pets’ corner both in Kilmarnock; Pirate Petes, Ayr, indoor play centre; Heads of Ayr Farm Park, Alloway, 50 types of animal, indoor/outdoor activity areas; Kelburn Castle Country Centre, Fairlie, assault course, Secret Forest and Pagoda and Vikingar, Largs for Ayrshire’s Viking history.

MUSEUMS locally the Scottish Maritime Museum, Ayrshire coast at Irvine; the Dick Institute, gallery and museum in Kilmarnock; Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume, Kilwinning, the Masonic Lodge and Museum, Tarbolton, The Lodge of Robert Burns or the museums and galleries of Glasgow with the Burrell Collection and Pollok House in Pollok Country Park just 25 miles distant.

FLYING private aeroplane and helicopter flights to charter from Prestwick Airport for a bird’s eye view of the county.

WALKING River Ayr Way Scotland’s first source to sea pathway passes through Ayrshire’s most stunning scenery over 44 miles (66km), can of course be walked in smaller, no less dramatic, sections. Ayrshire Coastal Path 100 miles along the scenic coast of Ayrshire with the backdrop of Ailsa Craig and Arran.

CYCLING mountain bike trails and the National Cycle Network

FISHING beats on many of Ayrshire’s major rivers available in season, also fly and bait fishing on many stocked trout fisheries, coarse fishing at Eglinton Country Park and sea fishing seasonally from Ayrshire’s ports.

SHOOTING clay pigeon and game shooting can be arranged locally

TREATS at Catrine House Ice Cream Parlour, near Mauchline delicious ice creams, made from the milk and cream of a herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows or the famed Nardini’s in Largs.

WOODLAND walk along the River Ayr Way to Ballochmyle Viaduct built 1846, in its time the World’s largest masonry span arch, a scene atop the train in the film Mission Impossible filmed here.

GARDENS at Dean Castle, Culzean Castle plus many open throughout the year under the Gardens Open scheme.

CINEMA in Odeon Multiplex, Kilmarnock approx 3.5 miles

THEATRE/OPERA/BALLET/CONCERT at the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock or theatres, concert halls in Glasgow a 30 minute drive

AT HOUSE OF CRAIGIE  SWIMMING POOL, TABLE TENNIS, FAMILY BOARD GAMES, 50" SMART HD TV, 42" FLATSCREEN TV, DVD, iPod DOCK, FREE WI-FI

Local area maps, brochures, guide books, ferry timetables provided in House of Craigie