15 Jan Ayrshire, North Ayrshire
Ayrshire synonymous with golf and with Robert Burns – and there’s plenty on offer here to satisfy both pursuits. Troon has six golf courses for starters, and plenty of yachties, and there’s enough Burn’s memorabilia to satisfy his most fanatic admirers.
This region’s main drawcard though is the irresistible Isle of Arran. With a gourmet culinary scene, atmospheric water holes (and some of the best beer gardens in the country), and the most varied and scenic countryside of the southern Hebridean Islands, this easily assessable shouldn’t be missed.
Back on the mainland, retro holiday towns by the seaside such as, Largs, give Ayrshire a unique flavour, while towns such as Irvine provide a link to the regions maritime heritage. There is also spectacular coastal scenery, best admired at Culzean Castle, one of the finest stately homes in the country.
Ayrshire is a hidden gem that is worth a visit on your Scotland tours.