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Dundonald is home to the 14th century Dundonald Castle and visitor centre and museum, including a café, shop and exhibition which tells the story of the castle and the Dundonald Highland Games are held here early August which is one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural events, featuring pipe bands, Highland dancing, children’s rides and stalls. It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle.

The village also has a smuggling history and the Smugglers Trail can be taken from Dundonald to Loans in Troon. Ayrshire is notably steeped in history with links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. The Burns birthplace cottage museum is situated in Alloway village by Ayr.

Whether your passion is for golf, the area provides an abundance of famous, challenging courses to choose from. For the more adventurous - windsurfing or kite surfing lessons are locally on offer, or get on your bike and experience a host of scenic routes suitable of all bike types and levels of cycling abilities. Ayrshire can provide a wide range of relaxing or energetic distractions to suit most tastes from a simple walk along the golden sandy beaches to something more challenging.

Dundonald Castle

Dundonald Castle visitor centre and museum, situated against a spectacular coastal backdrop including a café, shop and exhibition which tells the story of the castle and the Dundonald Highland Games are held here early August which is one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural events, featuring pipe bands, Highland dancing, children’s rides and stalls. It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle.

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Fullarton Estate

Fullarton house was built by William Fullerton in 1745 and replaced the earlier house Crosbie Castle. It was sold to the Duke of Portland in 1805. He was responsible for the establishment of Troon and its growth into a thriving town.

The Estate is free to visit and park within. The car park is well laid out and is adjacent to the toilets, the play park and several benches and picnic tables. The toilets are suitable for disabled use and have a parent nursing room. There are many paths throughout the estate, allowing walkers, cyclists and joggers to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. There is also a bridle path for horse riding.

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Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle is the perfect place for a day out whether you're a keen walker, enjoy admiring gardens, have an interest in architecture or just enjoy soaking up some history.

A remarkable vision of turrets and battlements, Culzean Castle is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens. Take a guided tour and learn about the best features of the castle, including Adam's masterpiece, the oval staircase, as well as the fine collection of paintings and furniture. The property is set in nearly 600 acres of stunning countryside and miles of waymarked paths lead visitors through majestic woodland and past secluded ponds. Head for the Deer Park, the cliff top walk or explore the beaches. And seek out the park's hidden treasures such as the ice houses, the Camellia House, the pagoda or the caves.

Culzean Castle and Country Park are owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland and admission is free for members.

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Burns House Museum

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland's favourite son. Start your visit in the museum building and enjoy this 21st century tribute to Burns. It houses the world's most important collection of Burns' original works and personal belongings, in a bright and modern building. The museum has an attractive cafe serving light meals and refreshments and shop with a wide selection of unique gifts and souvenirs. Look out for exhibitions and events throughout the year.

After visiting the museum, visit the birthplace of Scotland's national poet; why not explore the Burns Monument in Kilmarnock, the Brig o'Doon or Alloway's Auld Kirk.

This site is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, one of Scotland's leading conservation charities, and admission is free to members.

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Golf Courses

Ayrshire & Arran is one of the best golf destinations in the world and includes 3 Open Championship venues, 5 of The Uk's top 100 golf courses and is of course the Birthplace of The Open.

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Dean Castle Country Park

Dean Castle Country Park is a fantastic free day out for all the family. The country park, covering over 200 acres, is nestled in the heart of Kilmarnock and offers something for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The Country Park boasts beautiful woodland walks, an adventure playground, urban farm, visitor centre, tearoom, shop and a fantastic 14th century castle housing world class collections including historic weapons, armour and musical instruments. You can explore the park using scenic paths and trails - each season brings with it ever changing plants and wildlife that you might spy along the way. With over 80 hectares of countryside within a very urban area, the park is a great place to get away from the stresses of everyday life and see some fantastic wildlife.

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Kite Surfing

Headed up by two-time Olympic swimmer, Robbie Renwick, and European champion open-water swimmer, Mark Deans, TRYkitesurfing is in the best and safest hands around.Set up in 2003, the school is Scotland’s longest established training centre and now offers over a decade of teaching experience to its students, with fun and comprehensive lessons for all ages and abilities. Learning to kitesurf the ‘Smart and Safe’ way is their number one priority at TRYkitesurfing and our team of IKO qualified instructors will guide you through the basics of kitesurfing and will help you land on your feet in your very first lesson. At TRYkitesurfing, they pride themselves in delivering focused and fun kitesurfing tuition, whilst also ensuring you learn in a safe and controlled environment.

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Cycle routes

Pedal your way around Scotland with ease by following the country's designated National Cycle Network (NCN). Whatever your preferred distance, you'll find many cycle routes in Scotland that suit you! Clyde and West Coast Cruising.

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Restaurants

There’ a wide choice of hotels, restaurants, café’s and brasseries that have taken an increasing pride in producing menus that reflect and promote locally grown produce and ingredients.

Recommendations:

Brig O' Doon House
The Ellisland
Braidwoods
Lochgreen
Wildings Restaurant
No 22 Bar & Grill
Scotts Bar and Restaurant
Elliots in Pretwick
The Dunure Inn

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