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Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley

From the traditional holiday playground of the Clyde coast and the Isle of Arran, east into the uplands of Ayrshire and the upper reaches of the Clyde, this area has a fascinating industrial heritage and an emphasis on golf and leisure.


Ayrshire main routes and towns - Welcome to Scotland

Turnberry Golf Course © Copyright Turnberry SLC Ltd Great Golf Courses »

Birthplace of the Open Championship, Ayrshire is classic golfing country, with a wide selection of welcoming courses including two Open Championship venues.

Local Wildlife »

There are some outstanding wildlife sites in this area, including the steep-sided valley woodlands of Ayrshire and wetland bird reserves such as Lochwinnoch.

Ailsa Craig

This spectacular island 10 miles off the Ayrshire coast is famous for its gannets and its granite. The latter is in much demand for making curling stones. Boat trips from Girvan.

Ailsa Craig Boat Trips
Ailsa Craig Nature Reserve

Isle of Arran »

With its distinctive mountainous profile a feature of the western horizon, the Isle of Arran has drawn generations of holidaymakers down the Clyde.

Gold Panning

People are still finding gold in the hills around Wanlockhead. The Museum of Lead Mining tells the story of mining in the area and offers you the chance to try your hand at gold panning.

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.