LEANING INTO THE WINDSWEPT NORTH ATLANTIC, AYRSHIRE BLENDS SCOTTISH TRADITION WITH WORLD-RENOWNED GOLF.

The breathtaking vistas of the West Coast’s rugged, rocky coastline are crowned by the remnants of ancient castles, long-standing lighthouses, and picturesque Scottish villages. The birthplace of Robert Burns, the area also witnessed one of the most famous golf matches: 1977’s Duel in the Sun.

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Glasgow International Airport (GLA); Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK)

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BEGG & CO
Begg _ Co

Inspired by the Scottish coast, designer Alexander Begg created his enduring namesake brand over 150 years ago. Still designed and manufactured in Ayr, Begg & Co creates exquisite scarves, throws, and blankets using the finest cashmere, silk, merino, and lambswool angora, all with hand-finished touches. Visit the factory and shop to stock up on these traditional Scottish products.

BURNS NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK
Burns National Heritage Park

One of Scotland’s most famous sons, the poet Robert Burns, was born and raised right here in Ayrshire, and the cottage he grew up in and the surrounding grounds have been turned into a national monument. Visit the modest house his father built, restored to look as it would have in the 18th century, then get to know the poet at the comprehensive Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and explore landmarks that feature prominently in his work.

CULZEAN CASTLE
Culzean Castle

Transformed from a medieval tower house into a decadent mansion in the late 18th century, this iconic Scottish castle overlooks more than 600 acres of palm gardens, pine forests, fountain courtyards, and gleaming blue seas. Once home to the Kennedy family, the castle features a stunning neoclassical interior with rooms sumptuously furnished with gilt mirrors and damask drapes.

DUMFRIES HOUSE
Dumfries House

Take a step back in time to 18th-century Scotland at this well-preserved stately home set on 2,000 acres in the Scottish countryside. Wander its sprawling grounds – including a walled garden, arboretum, and working farm – and take informative tours of the manor, exploring its renowned collection of Chippendale furniture. The estate also regularly hosts cultural events, such as musical performances, and has several elegant restaurants.

ISLE OF ARRAN
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Take the ferry across the the bay to the Isle of Arran and spend a day hiking through its dramatic hills and valleys, tasting its famous Scotch whisky, listening to traditional music, and seeing the work of local artists. Every island in Scotland has its own distinctive flavor and culture, and Arran is one of the largest in the country.

THE WHISKY EXPERIENCE
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Founded in 1868, the A.D. Rattray Whisky Experience and Shop offers insight into the storied traditions behind Scotch whisky. Learn how the region’s signature spirit is made, explore the historic cask room, visit the working sample room, and taste a wide range of the best Scotch whiskies in the world.

FEATURED EVENTS

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SHORELINE

Splash through the sparkling waters of the Ayrshire shoreline on horseback.

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