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Located to the south of Glasgow in the south west region of Scotland, Ayrshire is a county full of natural beauty. As the birthplace of national poet Robert Burns, Ayrshire has an important place in the history of Scotland and encompasses Ayr, Irvine, Kilmarnock and the Isle of Arran.
From the Galloway Hills to 100 miles of coastline on the Firth of Clyde, new houses in Ayrshire are not only popular for their rural setting, but their close proximity to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.
Ayrshire has good transport connections both within the county and further afield, to large nearby cities. Ayr to Kilmarnock via the A77 takes 25 minutes by car, while Irvine is on the coast just 15 minutes west of Kilmarnock by car.
Train services run throughout the county. Kilmarnock Station is on the Glasgow South Western Line, connecting to Glasgow within 40 minutes. The line also runs to Newcastle, Dumfries and Carlisle. Abellio ScotRail also runs the Ayrshire Coast Line, connecting towns such as Largs, Ayr and Ardrossan Harbour to Glasgow Central.
The Isle of Arran can be reached by ferry between Ardrossan to Brodick which takes 55 minutes. During high season, there’s a service between Lochranza and Claonaig. Cumbrae can be reached in 10 minutes by ferry from the seaside town of Largs, and there are ferry services to Belfast and Larne from Cairnryan and Troon.
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and Glasgow Airport are the closest for foreign travel.
Places of interest
The Ayrshire landscape is filled with historic castles including Dundonald, Auchenharvie Castle, Barony and Castle of Giffen, Brodick, Kelburn Castle, and Culzean Castle and Country Park. A sense of Scottish history can also be discovered at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Burns Cottage in Ayr, the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock and the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.
Natural attractions in Ayrshire span far and wide, from the outdoor activities at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to the caves at Cleeves Cove. Eglinton Country Park offers horse riding, fishing, cycling and more, while The Cumbraes in the Firth of Clyde are home to watersports, golf courses, and the Cathedral of the Isles.
For arts and culture, the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr and the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock offer a full calendar of shows throughout the year.
The University of the West of Scotland has a state-of-the-art £81 million campus in Ayr, offering a wide range of courses including music, performance, broadcasting, healthcare and education.