Ayrshire is steeped in history with links to William
Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. The Burns
birthplace cottage museum, as seen right, is situated
in Alloway village, on the south side of
The four islands Ailsa Craig , Arran , Cumbrae and
Isle are only a short distance off the Ayrshire
coast. The Waverley Paddle Steamer visits Ailsa
Craig, Cumbrae and Arran in summer.
The seaside towns of Ayr , Girvan , Irvine , Largs , Prestwick
and Troon attract many visitors. The towns
have a good selection of restaurants, bar/diners and
cafes, most listed on their pages. View a Click on
Map of Ayrshire Towns and Villages . Ayrshire
The island of Ailsa Craig is now a bird sanctuary
with daily boat trips to the island from Girvan .
Cumbrae famous for its cycle lane around
the island, has a regular ferry service from Largs . The
largest island Arran with its scenic mountains, has a
regular ferry service from Ardrossan . The
Isle for hiking, has a regular ferry service from
Lamlash village on the Isle of Arran.
There are over 40 Castles throughout Ayrshire, many of
which can be visited.
There are over 80 fine hotels throughout Ayrshire
including the prestigious Turnberry
Castles of Ayrshire and their grounds were
acquired by clans that supported Scottish Kings in
battle, the braver in battle, the greater the reward.
Clans include: Boyd, Boyle, Bruce, Campbell,
Cathcart, Craufurd, Cunningham, Hamilton, Hunter,
Kennedy, Lockhart, Montgomery, Mure and Wallace.
Covered on the website are hotels in Arran 20,
Ayr 23, Country 12, Fenwick 1, Girvan 4, Irvine 6,
Kilmarnock 8, Largs 6, Maidens 3, Monkton 2,
Prestwick 6, Seamill 2, and Troon 9. View all Hotels .