Local Attractions and Things To Do

Kirkoswald

The nearby village of Kirkoswald has a lovely artisan vibe with a variety of shops, restaurant/pub and church. The studio at Greendolphins Glass is where artist Duncan Stewart creates, and displays, his pieces of kiln-formed (fused) glass. Visit the studio to view the pieces on display and learn how they were made. Explore Scotch whisky and its fascinating heritage at A. D. Rattray Whisky Experience, located in the beautifully renovated old village school. You’re welcome to drop in and there’s no charge for the A. D. Rattray Experience. For Whisky and Gin Tastings, please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Souter’s Inn offers coffee, snacks, lunch and suppers. Built on the site of the old school house where Robert Burns studied in 1775, this thatched roof Inn has exposed brickwork and oak featuring throughout. This fresh modern outlook is reflected too in its menu.

More in Kirkoswald

Saks & Hart offers a beautiful range of furniture, home accessories and gifts. Specialising in home interiors and gardens, browse the range of beautiful furniture, mirrors, lighting and home accessories, elegant gifts, lanterns and fragranced candles. Kirklands House & Garden and Post Office is a family run shop & garden. A unique and inspiring place to browse unusual gifts and plants, with lots of friendly advice. The well filled courtyard garden is home to many interesting and beautiful plants, creative displays, filled containers and baskets and a great range of hardy seasonal plants, shrubs, trees, alpines and perennials. Visit Souter Johnnie’s Cottage, home of the shoemaker immortalised by Robert Burns in Tam o’ Shanter. This property is managed by The National Trust for Scotland and features the works of local artists which are available to buy.

Maidens

Maidens is a beautiful little seaside village. The harbour is home to several boats, with the beach attracting locals and visitors all year round. Wildings Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and Ropes is a new bistro located in Maidens overlooking the harbour and Maidens Bowling Club. There are plenty of coastal walks nearby, with Culzean Castle and Country Park being just a short distance on foot or by car.

Turnberry

The village of Turnberry is world famous due to the Turnberry Resort and Golf Course. The course, which was built in 1904, includes two championship courses and the Golf Academy, attracting golf enthusiasts from all over the world. The resort also offers a beautifully refurbished ESPA Spa and an award winning afternoon tea service. Enjoy a walk to Turnberry Lighthouse, built in 1873 and located beside the ruins of Turnberry Castle, thought to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274. The lighthouse is open for light bites and refreshments. Nearby is Little Turnberry Farm & Chicken Nest, open seasonally to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. The farm shop offers a variety of local produce including free range eggs, organic milk, cheese, chutneys and jams. The farm shop also serves coffee and snacks.

Girvan

Girvan is a seaside town with a long sandy beach, harbour, boating pond, sea fishing and boat trips, hiking trails, cafes, restaurants and bars. Take a trip to Ailsa Craig on the MV Huntress. Also known as Paddy’s Milestone, Ailsa Craig is an RSPB reserve and home to around 70,000 gannets making the island the 3rd largest gannet colony in the UK. Enjoy the great outdoors with local activity specialists Adventure Carrick who offer a huge range of sports including kayaking, coasteering, paddle boarding, mountain biking, hill walking and foraging to name only a few. Girvan Golf Club is a popular links course right next to the sea.

Walking

A walkers paradise, the Ayrshire Coastal Path runs 100 miles along one of the finest panoramic coastlines in the British Isles. Crowned with a superb backdrop of the ever-changing profile of the mountains of Arran across the Firth of Clyde, this coastline is steeped in history and teeming with wildlife.

Alloway

In the nearby town of Alloway, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum celebrates the Scottish poet’s life and works. Enjoy a walk around the gardens of the Burns Monument and a stroll along Poets Path to Burns Cottage.