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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Ayrshire

Ayrshire's scenery is in places breathtaking and patently different to the popular views of the Highlands. Places to Visit in Ayrshire Ayr Racecourse and Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park are listed below.
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in Ayrshire
Home to both the Scottish Grand National Festival and the Ayr Gold Cup Festival, Ayr racecourse is Scotland's only grade 1 racetrack. There's a busy schedule of fixtures throughout the year, with many events featuring live entertainment.
in Ayrshire
Explore a Beautiful Scottish Garden The restoration of this garden at Brodick Castle began in the early 1900s and included planting of unusual species collected by great plant hunters like George Forrest. They include plants from China, Burma, the Himalayas and America. The bog garden has a fine display of primulas together with the formal walled garden with its herbaceous borders, annuals and roses. The gardens are well worth a visit at any time of year, though especially in spring whe...
in Ayrshire
The Perfect Family Day out at Bodrick Castle, Garden and Grounds A classic Victorian Scottish baronial style estate, the castle sits grandly overlooking Brodick Bay and the Firth of Clyde with Goatfell Mountain as backdrop. The grounds alone merit a visit, with woodland trails, wildlife ponds and lovely waterfalls punctuating your day out. Inside the castle are treasures galore – period furniture, silverware, sporting trophies, porcelain and paintings set the scene. There are special ...
in Ayrshire
Visit the Stunning Culzean Castle and Country Park Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Take time to admire the Fountain Court with its orangery and ter...
in Ayrshire
Discover the History of Culzean Castle and Country Park Set on a wonderful dramatic cliff top and a fine advert for Robert Adam architecture, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. This 242-hectare estate is a wonderland of lush woodland, rugged coastline and landscaped gardens, at the heart of which is an 18th century Scottish castle stuffed with treasures from around the world. Antique furniture and furnishings, porcelains, fine art and...
in Ayrshire
If you enjoy the challenge of links golf, Western Gailes will test your skills to their limit. A magnificent seaside links with glorious turf and wonderful greens. It's a course that should be on every golfer's must play list. The club dates its history back to 1897 and offers a blend of the traditional and modern.
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in Dumfries & Galloway
Ian & Jane bought Blackaddie in 2007 they have completely refurbished it into a fantastic 4 star restaurant with rooms offering some of the finest food around. Check Tripadvisor for the stunning reviews. Also testified by the wealth of awards they have won over the years Such as Scottish Chef of the Year 2016
in Lanarkshire
You are quite at your leisure to do as little or as much as you like at Crutherland House, an early 18th century hotel spa brimming with history, not far from the bright lights of Glasgow. Whether you want to go at full pelt and sweat it out in the fitness area, steam room and sauna before slipping under the soft fluffy towels on your treatment couch to experience a dose of hands-on healing, or simply lie back on a comfy lounger and sleep soundly in the relaxation room – the choice is yours. ...
in Glasgow City
Find Inspiration at Greenbank Gardens Greenbank walled garden has 30 different areas to see, demonstrating different techniques and colour combinations for the amateur gardener. Plants are well labelled and are in good condition. A former hard tennis court has been used to display ideas for disabled or infirm gardeners including raised beds and a water feature at waist height. There is also wheelchair access to the glasshouse and potting shed. Spring bulbs and shrubs fill the woodlan...
in Glasgow City
Discover the Beauty of Pollok House Pollok House is set in the grounds of Pollok Park, home to the Maxwell family for over 600 years. The present house, (c.1750) replaced three earlier structures and was extended in 1890. The house contains an internationally important collection of paintings, which includes works by Blake, El Greco and Murillo. Also displays of silver, period ceramics and furnishings that were collected by Sir William Maxwell. It is the home to the world famous Burrel...
in Glasgow City
Hunterian Art Gallery & The Mackintosh House, Glasgow Part of the University of Glasgow's old and distinguished Hunterian Museum, The Hunterian Art Galle
in Glasgow City
The Hunterian Museum Scotland's first public museum, which opened its doors in 1807, the Hunterian Museum within Glasgow University is home to a cornucopia
in Glasgow City
There's lime and vanilla mash, potato fondant and roast garlic crushed potatoes but not a chip in sight at this ironically named Glasgow stalwart. Eat upstairs, downstairs or in between on the mezannine level, but grab if you can a table in the gorgeous courtyard. A plethora of fine Scottish ingredients are used imaginatively in dishes such as Dumfriesshire rabbit, pear and pistachio nut sausage with basil cabbage or Perthshire wood pigeon wrapped in bacon served with a rich game sauce and pe...
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in Dumfries & Galloway
Trigony Garden Spa is a unique exclusive use micro spa offering a range of holistic and 100% organic treatments in the seclusion and privacy of the spa garden at Trigony House Hotel. Guests can totally relax and unwind in the Swedish wood-fired hot tub and Finnish sauna cabin, both with wonderful countryside views.
in Dumfries & Galloway
Our award winning hotel restaurant caters for those who wish to book a table in our restaurant and also guests of the hotel. In 2015 for the fifth year running Trigony House Hotel were awarded gold medals for our rustic cuisine at the Scottish Hotel Awards, as well as winning “Best Restaurant in South West Scotland” and “Best Breakfast in South-West Scotland”, which is truly something to be experienced. Our award winning rustic cuisine and informal dining complemented by a range of fine wi...
in Glasgow City
Westerwood, measures 6,307 yards with a par of 71, designed by Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas, offers gorgeous views over the Campsie and Kilsyth Hills and is one of the most talked-about new courses in Scotland. Seve's signature hole is the Waterfall par three 15th, played from an elevated tee to a green nestling inside a 60ft rock face with the waterfall behind it. Some drainage problems are being overcome. Tricky moorland greens. A variety of fantastic holes with no two the same requ...
in Glasgow City
Set in an area carpeted with acres of beautiful parkland, the spa at Westerwood Hotel & Golf can't fail to put you at ease. Close to the bright lights of Glasgow city centre, this spa encourages you to shut off the outside world and linger – take your time in the relaxation room before and after your treatment and cosy up among snug loungers and twinkling candles, go for a refreshing dip in the pool and Jacuzzi and contemplate life in the steam and sauna rooms. Add this to an irresistible lis...
in Glasgow City
Explore The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park takes spans 720 square miles and offers simply spectacular scenery in which you can do a variety of activities, from golfing and hiking to following the legend of Rob Roy. The area is to the north of Glasgow and is often known as the miniature Highlands -despite its huge size! The park, with its sparkling waters and heather-carpeted hills, sweeps from the rolling lowland landscapes of the s...
in Argyll & Bute
Discover an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey from the shores of Loch Lomond to the depths of the world's oceans in 7 themed zones. Journey through the Tropical Ocean Tunnel, where you can come face-to-face with blacktip sharks and get up close to over 1,500 creatures.
in Argyll & Bute
A menu created by one of Scotland's best chefs, an ultra-stylish 1920's inspired dining room and one of the best locations in the country; what's not to love? Chef Martin Wishart has installed a team of his top people to re-create the style of food that has won him numerous accolades at his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. The dishes here are all about luxurious ingredients imaginatively prepared such as langoustine ravioli, braised endive with orange, langoustine and olive oil jus or roast fi...
in Dumfries & Galloway
Explore one of the Finest Gardens in Scotland Threave´s spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the National Trust For Scotlands´s School of Practical Gardening. The gardens are constantly evolving to suit the needs of the school but they´re open all year giving interest from season to season. In spring, however, the gardens are carpeted with over 200 varieties of daffodil complementing the spring flowering shrubs and trees. Later, you can admire succulent ...
in Argyll & Bute
Commissioned by Walter Blackie, a Glasgow book publisher, The Hill House is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest domestic accomplishments. Almost everything at The Hill House, from the building itself, down to the textiles, furniture and fittings, was created either by Mackintosh himself, or by his wife, the artist, Margaret Macdonald.
in Dumfries & Galloway
Dating to 1796, this incredible Georgian mansion was built by James Murray, and descendants of his continued to live there until 1933, when Cally Palace was sold to the Forestry Commission. It has been a hotel since 1934. Cally Palace sits in more than 150 acres of Fleet Forest.
in Dumfries & Galloway
This 18-hole course is one of the very best parkland golf courses in Dumfries & Galloway. There is a welcoming and friendly atmosphere here, and a round on the course will be challenging as well as relaxing. There are no members and no competitions - just an excellent golf course to enjoy.
in West Lothian
Walking through 22 acres of quiet woodland, mature trees give way to the soaring whitewashed front of Macdonald Houstoun House, a historic 16th century tower house made to transport you far from city life. Inside it's all fresh and modern – jump into the cool waters of the 18m pool and clear your mind of the day's baggage, or open the doors to the warming cocoons of the relaxing sauna and steam rooms. Dry yourself off and float towards the treatment rooms to experience Decleor's Aroma massage...
in Dumfries & Galloway
Explore the Stunning Gardens of Broughton House Broughton House and its gardens is a curious but appealing mix of Japanese and Scottish styles, set out in the early 1900s by artist E.A. Hornel. The sunken courtyard with its Japanese cherries and low level planting leads to a Japanese-inspired cottage garden. The garden also features a rose parterre, glasshouse, herbaceous borders and box hedges are well laid out to give the illusion of space. A huge rainwater tank feeds the lily poo...
in Dumfries & Galloway
Explore the Artist's Haven of Broughton House A visit to 18th century Broughton House offers an intimate insight into the former home of Glasgow Boy E A Hornel. His home is full with wonderful works that he and the other Glasgow Boys created. Plus pottery, sculpture, bronzes and period furniture and the whole house has been carefully maintained to give a real feel of what a successful artist's home was like in the early 20th century. Don't miss Hornel's library – it has well over 15,...
in West Lothian
Discover Generations of Family History at House of the Binns The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The collection of furniture mostly dates from the 18th and 19th century, also an excellent collection of family portraits and an interesting collection of porcelain. The Bible, sword a...
in Argyll & Bute
Explore the Benmore Botanic Garden, Argyll, Scotland Benmore Botanic Garden is in the wonderful woodland setting of the Eachaig Valley, a garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Boasting a world-famous collection of magnificent conifers, flowering trees and shrubs, its 150 acres feature some of the tallest trees in Britain, including a spectacular Avenue of Giant Redwoods - these majestic giants soar over 40 metres high! With its ideal growing conditions, it is a...
in City of Edinburgh
With the grand city of Edinburgh and 55 acres of countryside as its neighbours, Norton House boasts one of Hand Picked Hotels’ signature spas.
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in City of Edinburgh
Good food and wine is the very essence of Norton House and the Chefs ensure they make use of the finest of Scotland's produce, whatever the season.
in Fife
Step Back in Time and visit Royal Burgh of Culross Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The rooms are small and feature Menel pine panelling, murals and ceiling paintings. Many of the rooms have vaulted ceilings, which were built to support the upper floors. A model 17th century ga...
in Dumfries & Galloway
Southerness is set on the remote Solway Firth with panoramic views of Criffel Peak and across to the Lake District of Cumbria. Philip Mackenzie Ross laid out the course and it is considered to be his best creation. A little over 6,500 yards with a par of 69, it's a tough test with two short par fives offering realistic birdie opportunities, but there are eight par fours over 400 yards. The best holes run along the shore, starting with the eighth and the 12th and 13th are particularly good hol...
in Dumfries & Galloway
Fernhill Hotel overlooks the village and harbour of Portpatrick. There are 30 en-suite bedrooms, with many enjoying the stunning views. The restaurant also boasts exceptional views and offers a daily menu, using the best local produce.
in Dumfries & Galloway
Explore the Beautiful Logan Botanic Gardens Logan Botanic Garden lies at the south-western tip of Scotland, and because of the influence of the Gulf Stream, a remarkable collection of bizarre and beautiful plants flourishes outside, making this Garden a plantsman´s paradise. Wonder at the groves of eucalypts and at the Gunnera Bog in the Woodland Garden. Enjoy the brilliant blooms of southern hemisphere plants in the Walled Garden. This is a showcase for tender plants, and provides a bla...
in Argyll & Bute
Inveraray Jail is a living museum and top visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison. Free audio guides in 6 languages.
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