Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:01292 290300
Culzean Castle and Country Park
With its dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture and fascinating history, the castle and surrounding country park is one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression!
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Tel:01292 443700
The museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set among 10 acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside, the museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.
The Dick Institute Tel:01563 554343
Located in Kilmarnock, the large museum features displays of local and industrial history, fine art and natural sciences. The Natural Sciences Gallery contains an array of animals, birds, rocks and fossils whilst the South Museum and Loom Room feature stories of the local and social history of the area as well as a Johnnie Walker display featuring a selection of illustrations and objects from the company.
Scottish Maritime Museum Tel:01294 278283
The museum’s collection includes shipbuilding machinery and machine tools, small boats, canoes, lifeboats and much more. A visit also includes a tour to the shipyard workers’ tenement flat, restored to its pre-1920s appearance and the opportunity to board ‘MV Kyles’, the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the world.
Dumfries House Tel:01290 421742 (Booking Line)
Set in 2,000 acres of beautiful parkland, this is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK. The house contains an outstanding collection of 18th Century Furniture, including fine examples of the work of Thomas Chippendale and an extensive art collection. The grounds incorporate some 2,000 acres of parkland, woodland and formal gardens, including a walled garden and arboretum.
Built in 1371, Dundonald Castle is a splendid example of a medieval tower house, with a fine barrel-vaulted ceiling in the lower hall. Explore the high-vaulted halls and gloomy dungeons of this splendid stronghold; the main tower was built in the 1370s by King Robert II to mark his succession to the throne. The history of the castle can be explored in the visitor centre, includes an exhibition illustrating the history of the site and a display of some of the artifacts found during archaeological excavations on the hill.