The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine houses a nationally recognised collection of historic vessels, art, sculptures, personal items and an interesting collection of shipbuilding tools and machinery.
The Museum is situated within a vast, glass-roofed Victorian Linthouse. This listed building was originally the engine shop of a Glasgow shipyard. It was salvaged and relocated to Irvine in 1991.
Eglinton Country Park is set in 400 acres of parkland. There are several miles of varied and beautiful walks suitable for all ages and abilities. Enjoy a mixture of habitats as you pass from parkland path, to riverside walkway, woodland and forest, or open hill to loch shore. There is a coffee shop and a play area.
Ayrshire is one of best golf destinations in the world, with nearly 50 courses to choose from including 5 of the UK's top 100 courses and 3 Open Championship venues. Play links or parkland golf. Choose locally from Irvine Golf Club, Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Glasgow Gailes, Barassie or the championship course at Royal Troon.
The harbour area is a short walk away. Cut through the shopping mall and under the railway bridge to reach the harbour. Walk far enough and you will reach the beautiful sandy beach with views over to the Isle of Arran. The Maritime Museum is situated here and there is a good selection of restaurants, bars &cafes.
Dumfries House: is one of Britain's most beautiful stately homes. Set in 2,000 acres of land, this stunning estate and 18th-Century house with its unrivalled collection of original Chippendale furniture and lovely gardens is well worth a visit!
Culzean Castle:do a guided tour of this cliff top castle. Beautiful gardens planted with conifers and beech trees, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.
Glasgow: Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and friendly destinations. Visit world class museums and galleries, take a city bus tour, enjoy the architecture, eat in wonderful restaurants and have a bit of retail therapy in the City Centre shopping areas.