Visiting Ayrshire & Arran, you really are spoilt for choice. Captivating, lush, rugged and serene, quiet and bustling these words and more are used to describe Ayrshire and the surrounding countryside.
The area boasts a wide range of sporting attractions, including some of the world's most famous championship links golf courses. The Firth of Clyde has some of the finest sailing waters in the world, nearby Ardrossan Marina is fast developing and the Scottish Sailing Institute is based at the Largs Yacht Haven.
Vikingar!, the award winning visitor attraction, is located in Largs and tells the saga of the Vikings in Scotland and how they were finally defeated in 1263 at the Battle of Largs and fled the country. Nearby Kelburn Castle and Country Centre at Fairlie is a magical place, with gardens and the mysterious Secret Forest set round a 16th century tower, the historic home of the Earls of Glasgow. See the recently completed graffiti project, which has featured in recent press coverage!
There are so many other great attractions like Dalgarven Mill in nearby Dalry and the Scottish Maritme Museum in Irvine.
Dalgarven Mill is home to The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume, a treasure trove created in a group of outstanding historical industrial buildings in a beautiful rural location. Beautifully restored buildings offer the visitor a chance to step into the past and experience the sight and sound of the water wheel and the machinery of a Victorian Grain Mill.
The Scottish Maritime Musuem is home to Scotland's maritime museum, visit the award-winning attraction which is a great day out with so much to do. Explore Scotland's 'Cathedral of Engineering' - the vast former Linthouse shipyard building which was transported, brick by brick, from Govan and rebuilt on Irvine Harbourside. Discover historic vessels and build and test your own model boat!
The Ayrshire & Arran Food Network boasts a wide range of hotels and restaurants with the award-winning skills required to prepare special raw materials into a menu of culinary delights and serve them with knowledge, care, skill and attention. You can visit network members who have farm shops or delicatessens specialising in local foods or by calling on one of the artisan food producers who are able to welcome visitors.