walks in north ayrshire

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Days Out / Visitor Attractions / Leisure » Museums / Historical Buildings / Castles

The Baird Institute
3 Lugar Street, Cumnock. East Ayrshire. KA18 1AD
Tel 01290 427084

Blairquan Castle
Blairquhan, Maybole, South Ayrshire. KA19 7LZ
Tel: 01655 770239

Brodick Castle 
 Brodick, Isle of Arran. KA27 8HY
Tel: 0844 4932152

Burns House Museum
Castle Street, Mauchline.East Ayrshire. KA5 5BZ
Tel 01290 550045

Burns Monument Centre & Kay Park
Kay Park, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.KA3 7RU
Tel: 01563 553654

robert burns birthplace museum
Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr. South Ayrshire. KA7 4PQ
Tel: 01292 443 700

Crossraguel Abbey
 Maybole, South Ayrshire KA19 8HQ 
Tel: 01655 883113  

Culzean Castle & Country Park

 Maybole, South Ayrshire KA19 8LE 

Culzean is one of Scotland's best loved Castles, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Situated on the South Ayrshire coast, just off the A719.

Culzean has a long tradition of welcoming local people, members of The National Trust for Scotland and holiday makers from all around the world. During the Summer Season, the Castle, gardens, Visitor Centre, shops and restaurants are open daily from Tuesday 30 March to Sunday 31 October 2010 (inclusive).

Tel: 0844 4932149

Dean Castle & Country Park

 Dean Rd, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire KA3 1XB

The Country Park, covering over 200 acres, boasts beautiful woodland walks, adventure playground, pets corner, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle housing world class collections including historic weapons, armour and musical instruments.

Dean Castle Country Park is a fascinating place to visit for all ages. .

A FREE day out for all the family.

 Tel 01563 554734

The Dick Institute
Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock. East Ayrshire. KA1 3BU
Tel 01563 554300

Doon Valley Museum
Dalmellington.East Ayrshire. KA6 7QY
Tel 01292 550633

Dumfries House
 Dumfries House Estate, Cumnock,East  Ayrshire KA18 2NJ 
Tel: 01290 425959

Dundonald Castle
  Winehouse Yett, Dundonald, Kilmarnock,East Ayrshire KA2 9HD 

Dundonald Castle is in its own renaissance period. The castle has been transformed over the past ten years and more into one of the must visit attractions in Ayrshire.

Situated on a hill above the village the castle affords some of the best views of Ayrshire and with the assistance of ferries into Troon and European flights into Prestwick the history of Dundonald Castle is increasingly being carried further afield.

Tel: 01563 851489 

The Heckling Shed & Burns Lodging House
 Glasgow Vennel, Irvine.North Ayrshire. KA12 0BD
Tel 01294 275 059  

Kelburn Castle
 Kelburn Estate, Fairlie, Largs, North Ayrshire KA29 0BE 
Tel: 01475 568685

Kilwinning Abbey Tower Heritage Centre
Main Street, Kilwinning. North Ayrshire. KA13 6AY
Tel 01294 551496

Loudoun Hall
1 Boat Vennel, Ayr.South Ayrshire. KA7 1AR
Tel 01292 611290  

The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume
Dalgarven Mill, Dalgarven By Kilwinning, North Ayrshire. KA13 6PL 
Tel 01294 552448

Museums Of The Cumbraes
The Garrison , Millport.North Ayrshire KA28 0DG
Tel 01294 464174

North Ayrshire Museum
Manse Street, Saltcoats. North Ayrshire. KA21 5AA
Tel 01294 464174

portencross castle
Portencross, West Kilbride. North Ayrshire. KA23 9QA
Tel 01294 823799

scottish maritime museum

Harbourside, Irvine. North Ayrshire. KA12 8QE

Build and test your own model boat, or learn to manoeuvre a remote-controlled boat in our indoor boating ponds. See our collection of floating vessels, including Spartan, Scotland’s last Scottish-built puffer, the harbour tug Garnock, and Carola, a steam yacht built in 1898. Learn about Scotland’s importance to maritime history. Visit the shipyard worker’s tenement flat, a ‘room and kitchen’ restored to its pre-1920’s appearance. This is just a taster of what to see. Sea it all at the Maritme!
Tel 01294 278283

Sorn Castle
Sorn, By Mauchline.
Tel: 01292 268181  

Souter Johnnie’s Cottage
Main Rd, Kirkoswald, Maybole,South Ayrshire KA19 8HY 
Tel: 01655 760603 

West Kilbride Museum
The Village Hall, 1 Arthur Street, West Kilbride.North Ayrshire. KA23 9EN


Are we nearly there yet? Well, yes….in Ayrshire you’re never far from a great family day out, and a warm welcome.

There’s everything from sky-high rides to adrenaline-fuelled karting, quads and racing. Leisure and activity centres offer lots of indoor fun, whilst outdoors there are country parks, wildlife reserves and farm parks.

Or if you prefer to exercise their imaginations, delve into the past with marauding Vikings, mining and maritime marvels, fairytale castles, ghostly mysteries and of course Robert Burns.

Oh, and don’t forget, one very, very important thing – wherever you go, always try some of Ayrshire’s famous ice cream!