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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.


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



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




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



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



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 Rockery, "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


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


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.  Park at the entrance to Turnberry Lighthouse and walk through the pathways to take your morning coffee looking out onto the Irish Seas.


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 dishesin 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.  A drive to Alloway in Rabbie Burns country to The Brig o' Doon Hotel will lead you to an array of menus at The Coven Restaurant or onto the Balgarth Pines.

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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