Ayshire and Arran are located on the beautiful Clyde Coast, and have a lot to offer: beautiful scenery, fascinating history, a wide range of outdoor activities, and some of the finest golf courses in the world.
Ayshire and Arran are close to Glasgow International airport and also have good rail links from Glasgow. The ‘Scotland in Miniature’ island of Arran can be reached via a regular ferry service from Ardrossan on the mainland. On Arran you can travel back beyond the mists of time and visit prehistoric standing stones on Machrie Moor, while Brodick Castle, the Isle of Arran Heritage Museum, Balmichael Visitor Centre and Arran Aromatics are well worth a visit.
There are numerous sites related to Burns dotted around Ayrshire, such as the Bachelors’ Club in Tarbolton, Glasgow Vennel in Irvine and the Burns House Museum in Mauchline. The Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway, just south of Ayr, is a collection of key Burns-related sites including the actual birthplace of the Bard, Burns Cottage. Nearby is the Auld Kirk of Alloway, where Burns’ father is buried, and the Brig O’Doon, over which Tam and his horse Meg escape in the famous tale of Tam O’Shanter.
Here are just a few ideas of what you can see and do in Ayrshire and Arran this February:
Ca’ the Yowes: Contemporary Mixed Media Exhibition at the Robert Burns Museum: 18 January – 5 May 2013; Using Ca’ the Yowes as a theme, over a dozen artists have created sheep of all shapes and sizes – although not necessarily as you will have seen them before!
Ayrshire Farmers Market, The Cross, Kilmarnock: Sat 2 and 16th Feb 2013:
Fresh produce directly from the producer prepared to the highest standard.
Side Splitters Comedy Club, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine: Sat 16th Feb: 9pm
Glasgow Comedy Festival Preview – Scott Gibson, Darren Connell & Ray Bradshaw.
One Act Play Festival 2013, The Palace & Grand Hall Complex, Kilmarnock: Tue 19th – Fri 22nd Feb: 7.30pm; This festival is part of a national competition, run annually by the Scottish Community Drama Association. The district team winners will represent Ayrshire at the Divisional finals & may even go onto the National finals later in the year. Each night will be different with teams from all over Ayrshire providing one act plays which will vary from hilarious farce to heart rendering drama.
Scotfairs Antique Collectors Fair , Citadel Leisure Centre, Ayr: Sat 23th Jan 2013 : 10am – 4pm A great shopping experience, antiques for the connoisseur, hidden treasures for the experts, specialist items for the experienced collector, and 1000s of interesting, beautiful and affordable items for the general public. Come along and enjoy the informal atmosphere of the market!