Top things to do in South Ayrshire

Top Choice Palace in South Ayrshire

Culzean Castle & Country Park

The Scottish National Trust's flagship property, magnificent Culzean (kull-ane) is one of the most impressive of Scotland's stately homes. On approach the castle floats into view like a mirage. Designed by Robert Ad…
Top Choice Museum in Alloway

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

This impressive museum has collected a solid range of Burns memorabilia, including manuscripts and possessions of the poet, like the pistols he packed for his work as a taxman. There's good biographical information,…
Top Choice Historic Building in South Ayrshire

Dumfries House

A Palladian mansion designed in the 1750s by the Adam brothers, Dumfries House is an architectural jewel: such is its preservation that Prince Charles personally intervened to ensure its protection. It contains an e…
Top Choice Seafood in Troon

MacCallum's

Right at the end of the harbour road, where yachts have given way to fishing boats, this set-up has two parts, both worthwhile. The Oyster Bar offers excellent fresh seafood in a smart, uncluttered setting. Next doo…
Castle in Troon

Dundonald Castle

Dundonald Castle commands impressive views and, in its main hall, has one of the finest barrel-vaulted ceilings preserved in Scotland. It was the first home of the Stuart kings, built by Robert II in 1371, and recko…
Ruins in South Ayrshire

Crossraguel Abbey

Between the towns of Maybole and Kirkoswald, by the A77, Crossraguel Abbey is a substantial ruin dating back to the 13th century that’s good fun to explore. The renovated 16th-century gatehouse is the best part – yo…
Spectator Sport in Ayr

Ayr Racecourse

Scotland's premier racecourse is a fun day out, with both flat and jump racing days and good facilities. The biggest event is the Scottish Grand National in April. Check the website for a list of race days. As well …
Bistro in Ayr

XXII

Buzzy and attractive, XXII serves a wide-ranging fusion menu as well as cocktails, breakfasts and more. Mediterranean and, particularly, Italian influences take pride of place, backed up by things like tempura and s…
Tower in Ayr

St John’s Tower

This is the only remnant of the church that hosted a parliament in 1315, the year after the celebrated victory at the battle of Bannockburn. John Knox’ son-in-law was the minister here, and Mary, Queen of Scots, sta…
Cultural in Ayr

Burns an' a' That

This festival encompasses several events that take place throughout the year. There's a bit of everything, from wine tasting and horse racing to concerts, some of it Burns related. Burnsfest is the major live-music …