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Your visitor guide to Ayrshire
Ayrshire is the birthplace of Open Golf, with Open Championship courses at Troon and Turnberry, and the site of the very first British Open at Prestwick. 2004 saw the return of the Open to Royal Troon when the world’s best players competed in July for the coveted Claret Jug.
It's also the birthplace of Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns, celebrated in May 2004 by “Burns an' a' that”, Scotland’s newest and most exciting festival celebrating life and contemporary Scottish culture. Ayrshire is also steeped in the history of Scottish kings and heroes, like Robert the Bruce and - so legend has it - of William Wallace. Playing a key role in Scottish history, it has castles and monuments dating back centuries, and visitor attractions to keep all the family entertained.
And Ayr races - Ayr is Scotland's premier racecourse, hosting both Flat and National Hunt fixtures. Holding at least 25 days racing every year, Ayr is host to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races during its 12 month racing programme.
The Isle of Arran is one of the most southerly Scottish islands and is known as 'Scotland in miniature'. It's the ideal place for cycling, hillwalking, island golf and activity holidays….as well as relaxing on the coast and in the countryside while taking in the history, craft and culture of a Scottish island whose history is intertwined with Celtic myth and legend.
Whether you're planning a short break in Scotland or a long vacation, a golf holiday, a hillwalking break, a visit to trace your family's Scottish history….. or just a relaxing time away from the rat race, Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran can help give you all you're looking for.
You'll see our 'features at a glance', on the right hand side of all our Ayrshire Guide pages - enjoy, we hope that this will give you a great snapshot of the very best of Ayrshire, Arran, and Burns Country.