Ayrshire & Arran

Virtually on Glasgow’s doorstep and easily reached by train, discover an accessible region of rolling green hills, picturesque beaches and idyllic islands, with some great visitor attractions for good measure!

Truly escape and immerse yourself in great outdoor activities, sample mouth-watering food and drink, and discover a vibrant history and awe-inspiring creative and literary traditions including the birthplace of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns.

It’s in Ayrshire that you’ll find some of the nation’s most iconic and loved attractions - who could visit here without enjoying a treat at Nardini's legendary Art Deco ice cream parlour, just a short walk north from Largs station? Or head down to Irvine, home to the Scottish Maritime Museum, and location of Dreghorn, the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe. And of course there’s Ayr itself, with Burns attractions galore and its famous racecourse.

If wildlife is your thing, look out for the Isle of Arran’s golden eagle population around Lochranza and try to spot the colony of seals off the coast of the Isle of Cumbrae. They can be seen all year round, but particularly in winter. Travel from Glasgow Central to Largs, where you’re a short walk to the ferry slipway for Cumbrae, or to Ardrossan Harbour where you can catch the ferry to Brodick on Arran and enjoy both its stunning landscape and lively traditional pubs!

Take a boat trip from Girvan (trains from Glasgow Central) to the rocky island of Ailsa Craig and experience the sights and sounds of thousands of seabirds. Or stroll along the River Ayr Way footpath from the river’s source in Glenbuck Loch to the sea at Ayr; a haven for wildlife including kingfishers, otters, heron, hen harriers, badgers, roe deer and black grouse.

Ayrshire, with its mix of must-see visitor spots and glorious scenery will thrill and delight you, whether on foot, by boat or while gazing out comfortably from your train.

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