Ayrshire is very well served in terms of outings and entertainment for both children and adults. Whether the weather is fine or not there are places to visit to suit everyone even if the sun doesn’t shine!


Ayrshire is a golfer’s paradise. Along the coastline there are 15 courses including Open Championship venues such as Royal Troon, Turnberry and Old Prestwick. Other quality links courses include Barassie, Western Gailes, Irvine Bogside and Prestwick St Nicholas.

There are also many superb local golf courses with open access including Ayr – Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling and in Troon – Darley and Fullarton. Have a look for more information and fees at www.golfsouthayrshire.com

Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse is only several minutes drive from Coorie Doon cottage and is the premier racecourse in Scotland. It hosts up to 30 meetings a year and is home to the Scottish Grand National and Ayr Gold Cup Festival. It offers first class flat racing and also quality jumps racing and is the only grade 1 track in Scotland. Have a look for upcoming fixtures and information at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

Ayr also offers tennis, swimming pool and leisure centre, cinema, ten pin bowling, horse riding and ice skating. See what else you can do in Ayr to make your stay even more enjoyablewww.walkaboutayr.com


For a good day out in Ayrshire…

Culzean Castle

Culzean Castle and Country Park is situated on the South Ayrshire coast, 12 miles south of Ayr and incorporates the Castle, Walled Garden, Visitor Centre, Swan Pond, Adventure playground, Deer Park and Fountain Court. This Castle and grounds belong to the National Trust for Scotland.

Heads of Ayr Farm park

Heads of Ayr Farm Park, children will love a trip to this attraction situated just ten minutes from Alloway. It is an award winning facility with over 50 species of animals plus quad biking, aerial slides, trampolines and a huge indoor play area for rainy days.

Isle of Arran

Isle of Arran is one of the most southernly Scottish islands. You can hop on a ferry from Ardrossan and spend the day visiting Brodick Castle, walking, cycling or for the more adventurous, hiking up Goat Fell (2,866ft).


Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city is only 50 minutes away by train and has some of the best retail shopping in the country. Historically, a visit to Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum is a must and there are a plethora of excellent restaurants in and around Merchant City in the heart of the capital.