Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Ayrshire offers stunning views of the Firth of Clyde, and is an ideal location for those who love the great outdoors. There are lots of outdoor pursuits to enjoy, from being able to take a leisurely walk over rolling hills and through picturesque woodland areas, to visiting one of the several beaches and taking a boat out for a sail. There are also plenty of crags for the avid climber to explore, if that is your idea of a good time.
Golf courses are abundant here, from Turnberry to Dundonald Links Championships course, there are plenty of courses to choose from if you prefer a competitive element to your outdoor activities.
Immerse Yourself in the History
Ayrshire is steeped in history and is the birth place of world renowned poet Robert Burns. The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is well worth a visit, as is the Burns Trail and the Burns Monument and Gardens. There is plenty to see and do if you are interested in learning more about this national treasure.
Live Like a Local
If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture then make sure you make the most of Burns night if you visit on January 25th. Grab yourself a traditional Burns Supper of haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) and a little whisky if that is your tipple, or possibly even an Irn-Bru, and gather together to recite famous Burns poems such as Tam O’Shanter and Address to a Haggis.
If you visit in September, you may have the opportunity to watch the Millport Illuminations, a tradition that has been around since 1934, where locals and tourists alike come together to share
in the festivities. It is fun for the whole family with lots of organised activities, including street performances and a fantastic firework display!
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Local produce is something that Ayrshire as a county is renowned for, from famous Ayrshire ‘tatties’ (potatoes) to strawberries, as well as lamb, beef and seafood, there is lots to choose from. If you are interested in bagging yourself some of the wonderful local food, you will be able to find them at one of the many farm shops, as well as the farmers markets that are held throughout Ayrshire.
Nardini’s is a must if you are into ice-cream, with over 30 tasty flavours to choose from, you are sure to find a new favourite! Overlooking the Clyde, Scotland’s most famous ice-cream parlour is truly worth a visit if you are in the area.
There are also a number of wonderful eateries to enjoy from the Waterfront that overlooks the River Ayr, to Scotts in Troon, a lovely bar and restaurant that offers great food and an extensive cocktail menu.
Shop Till You Drop
There are also great shopping opportunities, from local high street boutiques, to big chain stores in the shopping hub that is Ayr Central Shopping Centre, shopaholics can rest easy that they will definitely be able to get their retail fix.