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5 reasons to visit Ayrshire and Arran

© Supplied by ShutterstockSunset picture of Ayr on the coast.

Tucked in on Scotland’s West coast is the beautiful county of Ayrshire and Isle of Arran just across the Firth of Clyde. A perfect blend of coastal charms and countryside delights, natural beauty will enchant you and ignite your curiosity. Ayrshire and Arran are top choices for Scots looking to enjoy a day-trip or weekend away.

In addition to stunning scenery, poetic history, and friendly people, Ayrshire and Arran have great local shops, hotel stays, restaurants, and more. See why more and more people are putting Ayrshire and Arran at the top of their lists.

5 reasons to visit Ayrshire and Arran

Old Loans Inn

Old Loans Inn streetview. © Supplied by Old Loans Inn
Experience exceptional Scottish hospitality at the Old Loans Inn.

Located on the outskirts of Troon, the award-winning Old Loans Inn offers exceptional Scottish hospitality and is the ideal base for those looking to explore Ayrshire.
Named Small Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards for the fourth year in 2023, this popular country pub and restaurant has 20 bedrooms including deluxe rooms and the Master Suite, which is perfect for special occasions. Rooms are individually designed, spacious and offer the perfect place to relax during your stay.
Enjoy an extensive menu from breakfast, brunch, lunch and evening meals to coffee and cake in their charming country pub, or if the sun’s out, there is nowhere better to enjoy a relaxing drink with friends or family than in the sheltered and sun-drenched sunken beer garden and terrace.

Old Loans Inn is just 5 minutes’ drive from Prestwick Airport, or 40 minutes from Glasgow International, and is surrounded by some of the world’s best golf courses, from Royal Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick, birthplace of The Open, to Western Gailes, Glasgow Gailes and Dundonald Links.

Make Old Loans Inn your choice if you’re looking to explore everything Ayrshire has to offer, from world famous golf courses to beautiful beaches, coastal walks and so much more on the hotel’s doorstep.

Crofthead Holiday Park

Crofthead Views outdoor © Supplied by Crofthead Views
Plan your next getaway to Crofthead Views.

Crofthead Holiday Park is Ayrshire’s first five-star park, and they have something for everyone. From holiday home ownership to touring and motorhome facilities to caravan and luxury lodge breaks! Crofthead Holiday Park has everything you need whether you choose to relax at the park for the weekend or decide to invest in your very own retreat. Furthermore, if you want to explore the area, there are a range of local attractions only a short drive away.

Crofthead fully appreciates how important your holidays are. They help you make it an enjoyable and memorable experience. Timetables, deadlines, and the bustle of everyday routines can be forgotten as you unwind in the luxury of the Thistle Awarded holiday homes.

Crofthead hosts a superb collection of both pre-owned and brand-new holiday homes which can be viewed on the showground. Whether you’re looking for a 2 or 3 bedroomed caravan or lodge, central heating, a full bath, or en-suite, the team can accommodate most requests. Crofthead boasts truly competitive prices on all stock and prices include connection to utilities, decking and skirting around the caravans.

Start planning your next holiday to Crofthead Holiday Park today.

The Fish Works

Fish Works restaurant on pier © Supplied by Fish Works
Catch your next meal at The Fish Works.

The Fish Works is a fish and chip takeaway located on the seafront in Largs, specialising in Scottish Seafood made to order.

It has won many awards including: Winner of The Quality Award Accreditation UK, Best Fish and Chip Shop in Scotland, 3rd Place Fish & Chip Shop Takeaway of the year UK at the National Fish & Chip Awards 2023; Winner of Taste Our Best Award Scotland 6 years running; Winner of a Green Tourism Award; Best Family Run Fish & Chip Takeaway at the Lux Hospitality Awards 2021; Good Food Award Winner 2022; Winner of Best Fish and Chip Shop in Scotland and Best Newcomer at the Dine in Awards 2017 Regional Winner for West Coast of Scotland at the Scottish Food Awards and holder of the Fish and Chip Quality Award.

The Fish Works is a family-run business run by husband and wife team Ross and Tiffany Irvin. They had the idea of bringing to Largs somewhere visitors and locals can come to enjoy fresh quality Scottish seafood in a relaxed environment with the best views of Firth of Clyde.

The Fish Works is lucky to have access to the freshest local Scottish ingredients; its fish is expertly selected from Peterhead by its Fish Merchant; and its whole langoustines are landed daily in Largs. The ethos at The Fish Works is to give customers fresh food, handmade and expertly cooked in the best traditional way.

Catch your next meal the Fish Works today.

Arti Farti

Arti Farti gallery floor © Supplied by Arti Farti
Pop in to visit the knowledgeable and passionate team at Arti Farti.

With over 40 years in business, there is a lot to say about Arti Farti. With a passion for art from a young age, Eddie’s career couldn’t go anywhere else than the art sector.
After many years of experience , working for different framing companies, Eddie helped many customers and artists frame their art-work. When he met his wife Lynette in 2007, she was the one to encourage Eddie to make his forever dream come true and start the venture of running his own framing business, Art “N” Joy framers and gallery.

Over the years, Eddie established that there was no easy way to find new art in the architecture area. With his relationship to both artists and clients, this was the start of Arti Farti fine art gallery.

Since November 2016, the Arti Farti team is delighted to host original art and signed limited editions separately in an art gallery, while still being able to complement the artwork with a frame.

Much of the artwork they show in the gallery is created by artists who are already established in their field. However, the team at Arti Farti believes in new talent and are proud to support them. Some of the artists specialise in landscape while others deal in figurative work. The team can proudly say we offer a wonderful selection of original art-work original and limited edition by some of the best-known artists, including Alexander Millar, Adam Barsby, Janet McCrorie, Ron Lawson, Jay Nottingham, Robert Kelsey and many more.

Learn more about who the team at Arti Farti are, what they do and what they can offer. Why not visit in person – nothing can replace a personal conversation and stories from behind the scenes. Be sure to pop in during business hours and check out the available artwork. The team always love to have a chat, and share their passion with their clients.

Driftwood Gift Shop

Collage of Driftwood items. © Supplied by Driftwood
Find your next gift for someone special at Driftwood.

Driftwood Gift Shop is a small, friendly local business right on the sea front in Brodick Village.

With beach life in mind, the shop carefully chooses stock to offer a fabulous range of gifts for you and your home. Driftwood is a favourite stop for lots of regular visitors to our beautiful Island as there is something for everyone.

From mementoes that spark memories to bigger pieces that are unique, beautiful and perfect for those who would like a piece of Arran that suits their style.

Driftwood has a wonderful, ever-changing selection of jewellery by Ailsa McNicol, and Catriona Tod’s iconic range of Arran prints and cards.

You can find Driftwood right next door to Arran Active outdoor shop, Mini Golf, Taste of Arran and Little Rock Café & Deli. A great destination for a family day out.

Learn more about Driftwood Gift Shop.