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Robert Burns Country

Scotland embraces its national poet in a different way to any other literary figure. In Ayrshire there are a large number of places associated with Burns, including his birthplace cottage.

Burns Cottage & Museum
Burns House
Burns House Museum
Burns National Heritage Park
Souter Johnnie's Cottage

Castles

From cliff-top Culzean, to Bothwell, in a beautiful setting by a bend in the River Clyde, and Brodick with its garden on the Isle of Arran, there is no shortage of superb castles.

Castles & Stately Homes in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

Model Village

New Lanark’s importance as the site of a unique social experiment in workers’ welfare has been acknowledged by its World Heritage status.

Museums

Discover the role of the River Clyde in Scotland’s shipbuilding and maritime story; or make the connection between a Middle Eastern fertility symbol and the Paisley shawl.

Museums & Galleries in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

Speciality Shops

Porcelain on Arran, lace makers in Ayr, even safety pins welded into animal shapes near Kilmarnock, plus furniture makers, glass-painters, jewellers. Lots to choose from here.

Shopping in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

Festivals & Events

Music festivals (especially strong here), agricultural shows, art exhibitions, concerts and ceilidhs – a wide ranging and stimulating programme is on offer.

Events in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley