Ayshire in Southern Scotland is a beautiful county that enjoys some of the UK’s finest coastline. The main towns in Ayshire are Ayr, Kilmarnock, and Irvine. Ayrshire of course its famous for its golf culture as it boasts some of the UK’s top courses including Trump Turnberry, Royal Troon, Western Gailes and Prestwick. Given that Ayrshire has so much to offer and that there will be many golf widows at a loose end, here is a guide of what to explore whilst your other half hits the fairways.
Ayshire Outdoor pursuits
Cycling – there are forests, moorland trail
Windsurfing at Prestwick beach and Loch Droon and Kilbirnie Loch.
Ayrshire Beaches –
Ayr – Award winning beach with plenty of sand and an expanse of grass for children to play on. There is also crazy golf, play areas, family entertainment, a real haven for children
Prestwick – A great choice for golf widows and widowers as it is near to Prestwick Golf Club and has a long sandy beach with stunning views over to Arran and a popular location to witness magnificent sunsets. There are picnic sites, shops and toilets are nearby.
Troon – seaside town lined with cafes, pubs and restaurants, great for summer days out and popular with walkers.
Largs – adorned with palm trees, Largs is a great exploration base as there are ferries over to the island of Great Cumbrae and there are boat tours around the bay.
Turnberry – This is particularly great for golf widows and widowers as it is next to the Trump Turnberry resort and is less crowded than its popular counterparts. Horse riding is available nearby.
Dunure Beach is not far from Culzean Castle making a great family day out combination. This beach is not sandy but plenty of fun can be had running through the shale and exploring rock pools.
Walking in Ayrshire
There is a variety in walking terrain throughout Ayrshire to suit all tastes. Riverside strolls, beachside clifftops, moors, upland forests, woodland nature trails.
Highlights include Ailsa Craig 1000 foot cliff rising from the sea off the coast near Girvan and home to a colony of gannets; Croy Brae the famous optical illusion road in Scotland that visually tells you that you are going uphill when in fact you are going downhill.; Loch Doon – is great for a riverside walk and Doon Castle and also incorporates picnic spots.
Ayrshire Galleries and Museums
Dick Institute Museum and Art Gallery – must see four star attraction with barista coffee and home baked goods.
Ayshire Homes and Gardens
Ayshire Days out for the Kids