Golf – Ayrshire is a golf lovers heaven with dozens of exceptional courses within 10 to 40 minutes drive.
The golf courses are of a very high standard, both for quality and scenery and two of the most famous British Open Golf Championship courses in the world are a short drive away – the Ailsa Course , Turnberry +44 (0) 1655 333991 and Royal Troon +44 (0) 1292 311555.
Ayrshire also has a number of other Championship courses including:
Old Prestwick Golf Club +44 (0) 1292 477404
Dundonald Links +44 (0) 1294 314000
Kilmarnock Barrassie Golf Club +44 (0) 1292 311322
Western Gailes +44 (0) 1294 311649
Glasgow Gailes +44 (0) 141 942 2011
Prestwick St Cuthbert +44 (0) 1292 477101 ; and Rowallan Castle Golf Club +44 (0) 1563 530550 are also beautiful and challenging.
The municipal Ayrshire golf courses are also viewed as being some of the best in the world and extremely good value for money. They include Ayr Bellisle +44 (0) 1292 441258, Troon Darley and Troon Lochgreen +44 (0) 1292 312 464. All can be booked via golfsouthayrshire.
[one_sixth] [/one_sixth] [five_sixth_last]Fishing – for guests enjoying the tranquillity of fishing the area offers loch, fly and sea fishing.
The nearest loch fishery is Springwater Fishery which is a complex of 3 freshwater lochs set in farmland in a peaceful location just 10minutes drive away.
The rivers Doon and Ayr have trout and salmon. River Ayr. Permits to fish the stretch of the River Ayr as it runs through Craigie Park can be obtained from the tackle shop Game Sport, 60 Sandgate Ayr.Tel: +44(0)1292 263 822. Day permits to fish the River Doon as it flows through the Skeldon Estate five miles east of Ayr cost between £15 and £45 depending on the time of year. Tel: +44 (0) 1292 560 656 for enquires.
Permits to fish the Doon three miles east of Ayr on the Dalrymple stretch can be obtained from the Kirkton Inn. Phone +44 (0) 1292 560241 to check availability as there are limits on the numbers of permits allocated each day. Permits cost about £15 per day for the trout season.
Sea fishing trips along the West Coast are available from Girvan on M.V. Rachael Clare which is an offshore 32 footer. [/five_sixth_last]
[one_sixth][/one_sixth] [five_sixth_last]Cycling – The National Cycle Network passes through Maybole, across the Carrick Hills to the coastline at Doonfoot.
The 19 mile route takes in long stretches of the Ayrshire coastline between Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr, and has spectacular views across to the Isle of Arran. Passing through two Scottish Wildlife reserves, Gailes Marsh and Shewalton Wood. [/five_sixth_last]
[one_sixth] [/one_sixth] [five_sixth_last]Horse Racing – Ayr Racecourse is Scotland’s premier racecourse. It has a dual purpose track which stages races all year round and hosts The Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup. ￼
Horse Riding – The Ayrshire Equitation Centre is 10 minutes drive away ( South Mains Corton Road Ayr KA6 6BY Tel +44 (0) 1292 266267 offering hacks and tuition for all levels. They have a mile-long all weather track and also take rides into the beautiful Ayrshire countryside. [/five_sixth_last]
[one_sixth] [/one_sixth] [five_sixth_last]On the water – Troon and Largs have large well equipped marinas. Day trips sailing around the Islands of the Firth of Clyde and watching dolphins and other wildlife are available from Troon, Largs and Girvan.
The car ferry to Arran runs from Ardrossan and timings usually work so you can get there, go all the way round the island and get back on the last ferry. For a special treat take a trip on the Waverley – the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer – which runs summer trips from Ayr to Arran and the islands of the Firth of Clyde. [/five_sixth_last]
[one_sixth] [/one_sixth] [five_sixth_last] Walking – maps of the short walks up through the woods behind the farm are provided. These can take between 20 mins and 1 hour depending on which route you take. Further afield there are 13 paths in the Ayrshire paths network. They are an ideal way of getting to know the area and are well marked and interesting walks.
Choose the area and length of paths you want and you could spend weeks walking around Ayrshire.[/five_sixth_last]
[one_sixth] [/one_sixth] [five_sixth_last]Beaches – the coast’s long sandy beaches are perfect for family fun. Ayr and Croy beaches are perfect for paddling, picnics and sandcastle building. Troon and Barrasie beaches are popular for surfers and kitesurfers and host the annual September WindFest.[/five_sixth_last]