Places of Interest
One of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The city has in recent years earned a reputation as a centre of style and vitality, set against a backdrop of outstanding Victorian architecture and fascinating attractions. Glasgow boasts world famous art collections, the best shopping in the United Kingdom outside London and the most vibrant and exciting nightlife in Scotland.
Isle of Arran
Easily accessible by ferry from the mainland. The island is known as ‘Scotland in miniature’ due to its diverse landscape, from dramatic rocky headlands in the north to gently rolling countryside in the south. Brodick is one of the largest and busiest settlements on Arran and is the main commercial centre and ferry port. Arran is also home to fabulous beaches, including the one at Kildonan, which is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island; Kildonan also has a small beach right by the village hall where the locals moor their boats – watch out for seals basking on the rocks!
Pretty market town with some fascinating architecture. Its lengthy history is evident from the many fine buildings on view; High Street is especially striking, running from the imposing town hall, built in 1887, to the equally impressive and much more unexpected Maybole Castle, believed to be the town’s oldest inhabited house. Robert Burns’ father and mother met for the first time in Maybole. A white bust of Robert Burns marks the location.
Historic town at the head of the Clyde Valley in the heart of Lanarkshire. Hamilton Mausoleum is on the grounds of the now-demolished Hamilton Palace and is the resting place of the Hamilton family. The mausoleum has the longest-lasting echo of any building in the world. Low Parks Museum is the oldest surviving building in Hamilton and is now a five-star visitor attraction detailing the history of South Lanarkshire. Two miles from the town centre lies Chatelherault Country Park, home to the ruins of Cadzow Castle and a former hunting lodge, which due to sand quarrying is now known for its lopsided floors.
Located in the heart of Ayrshire, has much to offer the visitor. The town centre is well-known for its range of independent niche shops which, combined with many of the familiar high street stores, offers a great retail mix. Bank Street is a charming cobbled street in the historic core, with the elegant John Finnie Street boasting one of the best examples of provincial Victorian architecture in Scotland. Kilmarnock is home to the largest Burns monument in Scotland, the famous Laigh Milton Viaduct and the historic Kilmarnock and Troon Railway.
Popular seaside town complete with a charming sea front, splendid esplanade and long sandy beach. The town centre offers excellent shopping facilities and counts well-known high street stores alongside a wide range of interesting, individually owned shops. Ayr Racecourse, dating back to the 16th century, runs many Flat and National Hunt meetings throughout the year and is particularly famous as the venue of the Scottish Grand National, the Ayrshire Handicap and the Ayr Gold Cup.