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1 Mar 2017

Ayrshire & Arran

A view of Culzean Castle at dusk, with the setting sun making the walls glow red. The castle is seen from the beach below.
Culzean Castle
This beautiful part of the country has inspired visitors throughout history.

Board the ferry to Arran and you’ll find yourself embarking on a truly Scottish adventure. Across the glittering Firth of Clyde, the island emerges in rugged splendour.

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park is one of the main attractions on Arran. Once the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton, the castle is packed full of treasures. Outside, you can relax in the glorious surroundings of the gardens and country park, which has miles of waymarked trails to enjoy.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, Goat Fell has inspired generations of hill walkers to achieve the summit and take in the spectacular views.

Back on the mainland, Culzean Castle & Country Park offers a fantastic day out for everyone. The magnificent cliff-top castle is architect Robert Adam’s finest work, with a sweeping oval staircase as its centrepiece, as well as a fabulous collection of furniture and art.

Out in the country park embark on a voyage of discovery through formal gardens and woodland, past ponds and along beaches, not forgetting Adventure Cove, our fantastic play experience for children.

An interior view of Burns Cottage, showing the fireplace and spinning wheel.
Burns Cottage

Ayrshire inspired the man who wrote some of the world’s best-known poems. Robert Burns was born in Alloway and Robert Burns Birthplace Museum tells the story of his life and work in the village where it all began. See the humble cottage where he was born, as well as the historical landmarks that inspired his poetry.

Find out more about Burns at Bachelors’ Club in Tarbolton, in the house where he formed a debating club, attended dancing lessons and was initiated as a Freemason.

In Kirkoswald, Souter Johnnie’s Cottage retains the atmosphere of the man immortalised in Tam o’ Shanter, while providing a showcase for local arts and crafts in the gallery.

Whether you are seeking inspiration in history, nature, literature or the work and ambition of men, the National Trust for Scotland’s properties in Ayrshire and Arran have something for you.

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