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RECOMMENDED ITINERARIES

A list of your host's favourite itineraries using Ayrshire Abode as your base camp. From cultural days immersed in art or theatre or history, to days spent leisurely on the golf course or in the great outdoors. Or a chance to spread your wings and travel to another European country by boat or plane.  Ayrshire Abode makes it easy for you.

EXPLORE SCOTLAND AND BEYOND

There are a few gems in these day by day itineraries.  They are grouped by interests and by geogaphical proximity for each day.  You can also pick it one activity and enjoy it more leisurely on its own.

Ayrshire Countryside

OUTDOOR & ACTIVE AYRSHIRE

 

Day 1

Milton Wynd to Maidens Beach and Culzean Castle

as part of Stage 5 of the Ayrshire Coastal Path 

 

Day 2

Mountain Biking, Abseiling, Canoeing or Paddleboarding with Adventure Carrick

Day 3

Quad Bike Challenge with Turnberry Adventures

Day 4

Fishing or Boat Trip to Ailsa Craig

Day 5

Hike Byne Hill and Balaclava Woods

Day 6

Hike a part of the West Highland Way

Golfing in Ayrshire

GOLF  TOUR

 

 

Day 1

Turnberry Golf Course

(Choice of Ayrshire or Arran Course)

Day 2

  Girvan Golf Course

 

 

Day 3

 Royal Troon

 

Day 4

Prestwick Golf Course

 

Day 5

The Carrick Golf Course, Loch Lomond

 

 

Day 6

Old Course at St. Andrews

Culzean Castle

HISTORY  JUNKET

 

Day 1

Culzean Castle and Gardens

The Smithy Shop and Coffee House

 

Day 2

 Glenapp Castle and Gardens

Afternoon Tea is a must

Day 3

Burns Cottage and Visitors Centre*

 

Day 4

Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument*

 

Day 5

Glasgow Cathedral*

 

Day 6

Dundonald Castle and Visitor Centre*

 

*Good to combine with a shopping trip in Ayr, Stirling, Glasgow and Irvine respectively

Heads of Ayr Fun Park

BIG KIDS, LITTLE KIDS 

 

Day 1

 Heads of Ayr Farm Park

 

Day 2

Kelburn Estate

 

Day 3

Culzean Country Park

and Maidens Beach

Day 4

Adventure Carrick or Biosphere Bikes

and a visit to the Fairy Rochery, "Meg's Nook"

Day 5

Boat Trip to Ailsa Craig or trip to Girvan Beach

Day 6

Climbing the Dumpling , (Arrochar, Loch Lomond)

Dublin Bridge

EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS

Option 1

Day  or Overnight Trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland by ferry from Cairn Ryan

 

Option 2

 Overnight Trip to Dublin, Ireland by Ryanair from Glasgow Airport

*Passport required

Option 3

Day, Overnight or Weekend Trip to London flying from Glasgow Airport

Option 4

Fly to France, Italy, Spain or Portugal on Ryanair from Prestwick Airport (40 minutes from Ayrshire Abode)

*Passport required

YOUR HOST'S EATING RECOMMENDATIONS 

Order your fresh Scottish Breakfast and/or Meat Pack direct from the local Dalduff's Farm Shop and have it delivered to Ayrshire Abode.  No Scottish vacation is complete without it.   Maly's Cafe, in Girvan's main street, will serve up great breakfast options at unbeatable cafe/diner  prices.

 

Afternoon Tea at Turnberry Luxury Resort overlooking the Irish Sea and Ailsa Craig is divine.  Afternoon Tea at the award winning Glenapp Castle, by Ballantrae, is an experience.  Enjoy a walk in the gardens and soak up the atmosphere of this historic place.

A visit to Souter's Inn in Kirkoswald (5 minutes from Ayrshire Abode) will not only give you a taste of Robert Burns' countryside but provides a chance to taste haggis amongst many other delicious options.  It has both traditional and contemporary options in cozy surroundings.   Start to your day with a hearty breakfast or tea and scones.  Try The Greenside Restaurant in Maybole for a hidden treasure with an extensive menu. 

Walk to the Duel in the Sun bar and restaurant to grab a drink or a meal in the evening at Turnberry Golf Course with sea views.  Go a little further into Maidens to find Ropes Bistro, sitting high above Maidens Harbour for casual food and drink with a charming view.  It also often has live music at the weekend.  Maidens also offers the popular restaurant, Wildings

Drive into Girvan, turn right at the traffic lights towards the harbour and you'll find Graziano's takeout.  Follow the queues to get your fish and chips straight out of the paper wrappers or book your table at Austin's restaurant by the harbour for a hearty meal.  

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