A New Year Ayrshire Adventure

2020 is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to plan your New Year Resolution. Rather than chucking the chocolate or ditching the odd drink, make 2020 the year you try an Ayrshire adventure!

From kayaking around our spectacular coasts and conquering our summits to soaring high above our sparkling sands, Ayrshire has no shortage of adrenaline-pumping adventures to offer – and the Salt Lodge at Troon Yacht Haven is the perfect base to explore them!

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Seek out the summit of Goatfell

The highest point on our wee neighbour the Isle of Arran, Goatfell stands a mighty 2,866 feet (that’s 874 metres for our European friends) and offers spectacular views of the west coast – if you manage to get to the summit! Keep an eye out on your ascent and you might just spot buzzards and golden eagles soaring (not so) high above you.

Goatfell as seen from Brodick Bay on Arran

Test your canyoning courage

Canyoning is an adventure loved by experienced thrill seekers, but it’s ideal for first-timers and families that are looking for an adrenaline rush too.

Head for our wee neighbour of Arran where the Arran Adventure Company’s highly-skilled instructors will guide you as you abseil down cliffs and through waterfalls, off rocky ledges into deep pools and swaying seas, scramble over spray-covered rocks and down natural stone flumes on an unforgettable adventure.

A young man dives into a pool on the isle of Arran

Take flight on a kitesurfing adventure

Combining skill, windpower, strength and a love for speed, kitesurfing is one heck of an adrenaline buzz and Ayrshire’s coasts are a mecca for the sport. The team at Kitesurf Scotland in Troon will soon have you soaring over the waves, skimming the surf, and enjoying an Ayrshire adventure like no other!

A kitesurfer soars above the waves at Troon

Dive in to a SCUBA adventure

Although our water temperatures are a little lower than tropical dive spots around the world, Ayshire is still an utterly mesmerising location for scuba-diving. Strap on a tank and ogle at common and grey seals, moray eels, minke whales, basking sharks, rays, shellfish and even sea slugs. Even below the waterline, an Ayrshire adventure will blow you away!

A basking shark glides through the water

Hoist your sails

To properly explore all the watery wonders Ayrshire and Arran have to offer, you have to get out on the deep blue! While there are a huge number of boat hire companies on the doorstep of the Salt Lodge at Troon Yacht Haven, nothing beats being at the helm yourself. Sign up for your sea legs at the Royal Yachting Association approved National Watersports Training Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae and your sailing skills will soon be ship-shape!

Tackle the Arran Coastal Way

Arran is known as ‘Scotland in miniature,’ but there’s nothing wee about this walking route. Packed with amazing wildlife and fabulous scenery, the 65-mile-long route is perfect for a week long walking holiday or enjoyed as smaller sections with plenty of side trips and stops built in. It’s rightly known as one of Scotland’s Great Trails and there’s no better way to experience everything our wee neighbour has to offer.

A walker makes his way to the summit of Goat Fell

Other adventures

Looking for more adventures to undertake on your next trip to Ayrshire? Check out our guides to the incredible walking and cycling routes, fantastic food and drink, and legendary golf courses on the doorstep of the Salt Lodge at Troon Yacht Haven!