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Historic Attractions in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

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Brodick Castle & Garden (NTS)
Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS)

Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY

The site of this ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton was a fortress even in Viking times.

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Lochranza Castle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
Lochranza Castle (HS)

Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH

A fine tower house, a 16th century redevelopment of a late 13th century hall house.

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  • Portencross Castle
    Portencross Castle

    Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA

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  • Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)
    Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)

    Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE

    This clifftop mansion was built by Robert Adam for the last Earl of Cassillis in 1772-1790. There have been castles on...

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    Auchagallon Stone Circle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS)

    Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27

    Visit a Bronze Age cairn surrounded by a circle of 14 standing stones looking out over Kilbrannan Sound towards Kintyre.

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  • Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS)
    Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS)

    Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY

    The home of John Davidson, who inspired the character Souter Johnnie in Robert Burns' famous poem Tam o'Shanter.

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    Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS)
    Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS)

    Mauchline, Ayrshire, KA5

    This large and unusual group of cup-and-ring markings was only re-discovered in 1986. Dating from around 2500 BC they…

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    Dinvin Motte

    Girvan, North Ayrshire, KA26

    The most impressive medieval earthwork in the South of Scotland, its defences consists of two massive 4 metre deep ditches.

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  • Biggar Gas Works © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Biggar Gas Works (HS)

    Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ

    In the last century many small towns across Scotland established their own gas works. This is one of the few to survive.

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  • Crossraguel Abbey © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Crossraguel Abbey (HS)

    by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ

    One of the most complete mediaeval abbeys in Scotland, Crossraguel was founded in the 13th century by Duncan of Carrick…

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    Dumfries House
    Dumfries House

    Cumnock, KA18 2NJ

    Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.

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  • Bachelor's Club (NTS)
    Bachelor's Club (NTS)

    Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB

    In this 17th century thatched house in Tarbolton, Robert Burns and friends formed a debating club in 1780. Burns attended…

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  • St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)
    St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS)

    Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK

    The choir and south side of the nave of a late 14th century parish church.

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  • Carn Ban © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Carn Ban (HS)

    Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27

    One of the most famous Neolithic long cairns of south-west Scotland.

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  • Skelmorlie Aisle © Crown Copyright Historic Scotland. www.historicscotlandimages.gov.uk
    Skelmorlie Aisle (HS)

    Largs, Scotland, UK

    This jewel-like monument was erected in 1636 for Sir Robert Montgomerie of Skelmorlie.

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  • 1 Brodick Castle, Garden and Country Park (NTS) Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HY 4 stars
    2 Lochranza Castle (HS) Lochranza, Isle of Arran, KA27 8HH
    3 Portencross Castle Portencross, Ayrshire, KA23 9QA
    4 Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS) Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 4 stars
    5 Auchagallon Stone Circle (HS) Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran, KA27
    6 Souter Johnnie's Cottage (NTS) Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, KA19 8HY 3 stars
    7 Ballochmyle Prehistoric Rock Carvings (HS) Mauchline, Ayrshire, KA5
    8 Dinvin Motte Girvan, North Ayrshire, KA26
    9 Biggar Gas Works (HS) Biggar, Lanarkshire, ML12 6BZ
    10 Crossraguel Abbey (HS) by Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 5HQ 3 stars
    11 Dumfries House Cumnock, KA18 2NJ
    12 Bachelor's Club (NTS) Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, KA5 5RB
    13 St Bride's Church, Douglas (HS) Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
    14 Carn Ban (HS) Lagg, Isle of Arran, KA27
    15 Skelmorlie Aisle (HS) Largs, Scotland, UK

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