This largely unspoilt area offers great vistas if you wish to walk along the Ayrshire coastal path or the Arran coastal way. From the mainland the Isle of Arran is easily reached by ferry. Outside of the main towns the sparse population allows wildlife to flourish and with rich seas the offshore islands, like Ailsa Craig, are home to large sea bird colonies.
For golfing enthusiasts there are many courses to choose from including Open Championship courses at Troon and Turnberry.
There are also many castles of Tower House design on the coast at Portencross, Lochranza, Brodick, Greenan, Dunure some well preserved and others atmospheric ruins. There are also stately homes at Dumfries House and Culzean Castle.
Alloway is home to many sites linked to Robbie Burns, including the home where he was born and you can also follow in the footsteps of Tam o’ Shanter by visiting the Auld Kirk and Brig o’ Doon bridge as well as the Burns Museum and Monument.
Famous people include Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin, John Dunlop who invented the pneumatic tyre, football manager Bill Shankly and golfer Sam Torrance.
Ayrshire’s fertile rolling fields are prime farming land, producing beef, lamb and pork of exceptional quality as well potatoes – Ayrshire Earlies and the Albert Bartlett brand and with the seas teeming with life, local seafood appears on most menus.