Recommended by Dave. A great Historic Scotland attraction and very close by. Children can dress up as princesses or knights and "storm" the castle up the hill! There is also a fun question sheet for the children to fill in and learn about the castle history. Good exhibition and excellent cake in…
Historically important and with lovely views and walks this is a great place to visit. Grab a coffee in the visitor centre.
A short steep walk up to the ruined castle is worth it as the views are spectacular and a viewpoint gives info. Child friendly and perfect for hide and seek. A snack/coffee shop is run by volunteers.
“Electric Brae is another popular tourist attraction. It is modest but I would tell anyone to drive there, even for the breathtaking views alone! 15 mins away and en route to Heads of Ayr Farm Park, this optical illusion makes a freewheeling vehicle appear to be drawn uphill by a mysterious force. Historically, it was incorrectly thought that there was a magnetic or electric attraction causing it. It is, however, an optical illusion. Beware of slow moving cars as you approach! ”
“Beautiful house and gardens restored to full glory by HRH Prince of Wales. Lovely tearoom, garden and grounds. One of finest collections of Chippendale furniture in the world. 30 minute drive. ”
“Heads of Ayr is a must see for families. There is something for children of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. For animal lovers, you will see everything from camels to goats and from monkeys to horses. You are able to feed the many animals that live here. Remember to buy animal feed at the door when you arrive and go early while the animals are hungry! We have visited in the afternoon when the bellies are full and the children are disappointed that the animals aren't interested! The park has hand washing booths throughout. In addition to the animals, there are several play parks, zip wires, sand pits and trampolines. For an extra cost, there are quad bikes and train rides. On rainy days, there is an indoor area which features a soft play for both under and over 5's. There are several food options here for those of you who don't wish to bring a picnic (lots of outdoor seating for this). A BBQ with burgers and hot dogs, or a cafe with sandwiches and baked potatoes etc. I recommend you arrive early to make the most of your day. You can easily spend a full day here with everything the park has to offer!”
“A stunning country park and castle nearby on the cliff top with stunning views across to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. A former Kennedy stronghold now run by the NTS.”