Ayrshire & Arran
With its wonderful natural scenery, this region has a lot to offer. Imposing and lush rolling hills, hidden glens, long sandy beaches and quaint villages make this region a paradise for landscape lovers.
With romantic castles, stately homes, enigmatic stone circles Ayrshire and Arran share a rich heritage that is steeped in legend and mythology. As the supposed birthplace of king Robert the Bruce, Ayrshire has enjoyed an illustrious military past, even seeing off a Viking invasion. Arran boasts its own unique and fascinating history, with archaeological sites linked to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, Vikings and Gaels.
This part of the west coast of Scotland is undeniably very, very interesting.
Although the featured attractions, sites and landmarks are always chosen by me, I have made a serious effort to differentiate 4 levels:
- (***) This is, for whatever reason, a very personal favourite! Will definitely be on my itinerary! Could possibly be disappointing for someone else though.
- (**) A major must-see tourist attraction that you can find in many a brochure.
- (*) Worth seeing and possibly interesting if you happen to be in the vicinity.
- (-) A hefty dollop of imagination is a must, but it might be interesting if you know the background.
My very personal selection:
Brodick Castle / Isle of Arran
Battle site of Drumclog (1679)
Galloway Forest Park
Kildonan Castle / Isle of Arran
Battle site of Largs (1263)
Loch Doon Castle
Lochranza Castle / Isle of Arran
Battle site of Loudoun Hill (1307)
Scottish Maritime Museum
St Bride´s Church
Standing Stones of Machrie Moor / Isle of Arran