Ayrshire & Arran

Where is it: 

Ayrshire is approximately 40 minute drive southwest of Glasgow, or around 1.5 hours from Edinburgh. The Isle of Arran is within easy reach of the Ayrshire coast, with a 55 minute ferry running between Ardrossan and Brodick. 

Ayrshire & Arran Map

Why visit: 

The town of Alloway in Ayrshire is the birthplace of Robert Burns, Scotland’s beloved 18th century poet. There are plenty of Burns-elated attractions amongst the country and seaside towns. The Isle of Arran is a great option for those who want to visit an island but don’t have a lot of time, thanks to its easy accessibility. 

Top things for families: 

Castles and Country parks, sandy beaches, ferry rides. Locally made treats like ice-cream and cheese. 

Major cities/areas: 

Ayr: A seaside town with lots of places to stay, a long sandy beach, golf courses, and a racecourse. 

Isle of Arran: Famously known as “Scotland in miniature” thanks to its low-lying grasslands in the south and more mountainous north. It also has stone circles, beautiful beaches, a castle, walks, and a whisky distillery, so you can tick off all your Scotland bucket list items in one go! 

Known for: 

Robert Burns: Rabbie Burns, the national bard of Scotland, wrote poems, ballads, and romantic songs. He wrote in the Scot’s Language, as well as English and a lighter Scots dialect, so for those not used to it, his work can take some translation! Auld Lang Syne is probably his most universally known work. You can visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire to learn more.