Amazing sights in Ayrshire and Arran

Ayrshire and Arran have no shortage of amazing sights. Beautiful beaches, ancient castles, rugged mountains, rolling hills, and picture-postcard towns and villages await and, whether you’re exploring by car, camper, bike or boat, the Salt Lodge Hotel at Troon Yacht Haven is the perfect base to see them for yourself!

Check out a few of the the amazing sights  in Ayrshire and Arran that await you on your next stay at the Salt Lodge Hotel at Troon Yacht Haven!

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Snap up some incredible views at Crocodile Rock

Head for beautiful Millport on Greater Cumbrae and come face-to-face with Scotland’s friendliest crocodile. Don’t let his pearly whites scare you – he’s thoroughly tame!

Crocodile Rock on the isle of Greater Cumbrae

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Gaze at the glory of the night sky at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Ayrshire has some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe making it a perfect destination for eager stargazers seeking amazing sights. Make your way to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory near Dalmellington for an experience that’s quite literally out of this world.

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory at Dalmellington in Ayrshire

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Step back in time at the Machrie Moor

When the first settlers arrived in Scotland over 10,000 years ago, it’s thought that they erected large, imposing standing stones. The colossal and eerie structures on Arran predate Stonehenge and have entranced visitors and baffled archaeologists for centuries. They remain one of the most amazing sights on the island.

Machrie Moor Standing Stones

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Brighten up your day with a trip to Kelburn Castle

Make your way to Kelburn Castle near Largs to explore Scotland’s most unusual – and colourful – castle. The 13th century castle has had an amazing makeover courtesy of a team of Brazilian artists and also features dramatic walks, breathtaking gardens and many features of historical interest. Only in Scotland can a castle become a canvas!

Kelburn Castle near Largs

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Step into the Scotland of your dreams at Glen Rosa

Set in the shadow of mighty Goatfell and featuring some fantastic swimming holes alongside scenery plucked from a picture postcard, Glen Rosa on Arran is one of Scotland’s most wonderful walks.

Glen Rosa on Arran

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Stand in awe at the sight of Ailsa Craig

This wee island in the middle of the outer Firth of Clyde has a storied past. It’s said that smugglers, dragons and sea monsters have called it home over the centuries. It’s also one of only two locations in the world to provide granite for curling stones. One thing is for sure, the view of the sun slinking beneath the horizon as the stout sillhouette of Ailsa Craig stands defiant is a near-mythical sight.

Ailsa Craig at sunset

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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 beautiful beaches on the doorstep of the Salt Lodge Hotel in Troon!