Situated on the west coast of Scotland is an area well known for its Golf, but delve a little deeper and you will find a wild, rugged county offering beaches, walks, wildlife, all unspoilt and within easy access of Glasgow. The isle of Arran just off the coast of this beautiful county offers fabulous beaches and wonderful light for the keen photographer. Try paragliding and experience a completely different view of Arran.
Racing in Ayr started in the 1500s, but the first official meeting took place in 1771 in the Seafield area of the town and was a mile oval with sharp bends. During the 1800s the Western Meeting was established and was classed as the most valuable two-year-old race of the season in the UK. The Ayr Gold Cup, part of the Western Meeting, is now the richest sprint handicap in Europe. A new course based on that of Newbury was opened in 1907 and a jumps track added in the 1950s and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to the current site in 1966. Enjoy spectacular racing and hospitality at Scotland’s 5 star, Grade 1 track visitor attraction, including fine dining restaurants and stylish bars.
Situated on the west coast and located by the very pretty Irvine harbourside the centre is a multi-purpose venue hosting a variety of events and exhibitions. There is a vibrant programme of live music, comedy, amateur and professional theatre and exhibitions throughout the year for all the family. Visit the two multipurpose studios and enjoy the views over the harbour with a ‘lite’ bite or coffee at the Hacbar adjacent to the centre.
A great day out for all the family in Ayr whatever the weather. From toddlers to teens and even adults, there is plenty on offer. Visit the wide range of animals from Little Critters such as rabbits to the larger variety of camels, llamas and donkeys. Burn off some energy on the trampolines, boats, tractors, assault course or the aerial runway to mention but a few. Have fun on the Quad bikes suitable for all ages and if the weather is wet then there is plenty to see and do in the undercover Play n’ Wild adventure barn. Don’t forget the Play Zone for toddlers with slides, see-saws and many things to occupy little hands. Pop in to the ‘Scallywags’ coffee bar, or for something more substantial ‘Roosters’ restaurant or bring your own and have a picnic, benches and tables provided. Open 7 days a week from mid March to October.
This bright and welcoming village in the south west of Arran is the home of the famous Isle of Arran Cheese which you can watch being made from a viewing gallery at the Torrylinn Creamery established in 1946. Although it is one village it comprises three parts, Torrylinn, Kilmory and Lagg, Kilmory being the oldest. The hidden gem, Kilmory Beach, can be found by taking the farm track at Torrlinn, or via ‘Lovers Lane’. A short circular walk will take you to what is possibly the best beach on Arran.
Run by Zabdi Keen and her partner Maurice Geraghty, Flying Fever Paragliding was set up in 1993. There are over 30 flying sites on the island taking in all wind directions so why not try Paragliding whilst you are on the island. Start off with a Funday and get an aerial view of Arran flying tandem with an instructor, progress to Funday solo training or even a 5 day elementary pilots course. An exciting way to spend a holiday - learn to fly!