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Beautiful scenery in and around Ayrshire
Nothing here but romance.
In a nutshell
It is good to get away sometimes to a far off places
The coast is only about 8 miles away, so it is easy to escape the town and get some sea air.
Troon is the nearest seaside town, but you have Prestwick and Ayr close by to the south and the likes of Largs to the north. Irvine, Saltcoats and Ardrossan are also on the coast, but not the nicest of the bunch!
Troon harbour is a busy wee place, with a big marina, restaurants, a fishmarket, sawmills and a ferry link (P&O) to Belfast.
The town also has sandy beaches and wonderful views over to Arran and up & down the coast. Because it's Scotland,golf is a big deal, and Royal Troon is one of the courses which hosts the Open championship from time to time.
Beware however - like all the coastal towns it gets swamped by day trippers from Glasgow etc if the sun shines in summer.
Updated May 31, 2009
Address: Troon, Ayrshire
Couple of times I just got in the car and ended up wherever the road took me. Kilmaurs north of the town. Troon to the south.
It's worth getting off the beaten track to enjoy the green, undulating countryside and small villages.
Of course it's green because it rains a lot, so I was lucky to have wall to wall sunshine to enjoy as well.
Written May 31, 2009
The Dick Institute is the town's library, art gallery and museum (WHY...what did you expect?)
It was opened in 1901, and is Ayrshire's largest museum. It specialises in the social and cultural history of the county.
When I visited they were running a special exhibition on Ayrshire innovators. Very interesting.
It's a small place, so an hour is all you need. Free admission!
Written May 31, 2009
Address: Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock KA1 3BU
Phone: 01563 554902
Well ok,not much else here unles I had time and had a good look I am sure to find some very very interesting facts,for now look at this pictures and try to make something of them,ok.
If you go to Glasgow by rail you will pass through here.
Written Sep 11, 2006
Address: Same city
Just relax and keep your eyes open.
I could sense some mystery about this church here,very interesting I thought.
Written Sep 11, 2006
This has got to be Scotland's best kept secret. I have only just found out about it, despite being born and brought 40 min drive up the road and for the last 6 months I have been 5 minutes round the corner.
There is something here for every one. The 15th century castle is absolutely stunning and sits in beautifully kept gardens. I have not yet had the chance to go inside the castle as I had my dog with me. On the website you can take a panorama tour and I will be back soon.
There are also miles of walking along by the river and through mature broad-leaf forests. Pick up a free map so you don't get lost!
For the kids, there is a playground along with donkeys, pygmy goats and an aviary
The park is conveniently located for Prestwick airport and is not too far from the better known Culzean Castle, Maybole, S. Ayrshire.
Definitely recommended and as a bonus, entry is FREE!
Updated Jun 26, 2006
Phone: 01563 522702
This is where the town's ice rink is located, in a complex with swimming pool, gymnasium etc. The facility is about 20 years old (I'm guessing), but they take good care of it.
The ice rink section is small - built for curling and public skating, but adopted by the hockey lot anyway. Dark and gloomy, plus very cold in winter. The junior ice hockey club is going through a good spell, with competitive teams and good numbers at u12, 14 & 16. Nothing at u20, but they have a senior (viz adult competitive amateurs) team in the Scottish National League.
They have a bar and viewing area up above, but the bar is always shut when I need it and open if I'm driving...c'est la vie.
It is right in the centre of town. Website is quite good - even uses a picture of my son's old u10 team (he's long past that now) to illustrate the ice hockey!
Equipment: Warm clothes.
Skates if you wanna try...
Updated Jun 1, 2009
Address: 99 Titchfield Street, Kilmarnock KA1 1QY
Phone: 01563 524014