Discover Scotland like never before, lose yourself on woodland wanderings, see the world from a different view when you hike up high and explore the Ayrshire coastline when you book a holiday at Dundonald Links.
history and legends
There is something for everyone to enjoy in the local area around Dundonald Links, from the sandy shores of Irvine Bay where you can soak up the sun or catch a wave, to the fascinating local ghost walks. Catch a glimpse of the ghost of William Wallace, who is said to haunt the imposing Ardrossan Castle ruins.
The breath-taking landscape has inspired the minds of literacy legends, including Edger Allen Poe and, of course, most famously Robert Burns. Ayrshire is known as Burns’ Country as it was the birthplace and home to the world-famous Scottish Bard, with both his Birthplace Cottage and Heritage Home now turned into museums, of which tell you all about his life and his works.
Scotland is known for beautiful Whiskey, with the original Johnnie Walker whiskey shop founded in Ayrshire, but did you know it started life called Walker’s Kilmarnock Whiskey after the town he was from? You’ll learn this and more on a heritage walk in the town
Visit the A.D. Rattray Whiskey Shop in Ayrshire to book your tasting session, learn more about the history of whiskey in the area, or jump on a two-hour ferry journey to the beautiful Isle of Arran for a tour around the historic Arran Distillery.
The nearby Isle of Arran has so much to explore that you can spend a whole day discovering more at the Heritage Museum, taste the best cheese from the Island Cheese Company and explore sunbathing and watersports at Brodick Bay and Kildonan Beach. You’ll love spending time learning about the island itself and what island life is really like.
endless discoveries in Ayrshire
Explore the history of the Scottish seas at the Scottish Maritime Museum, where the interactive exhibits will showcase everything from pirates to brave soldiers.
If stately homes and castle ruins are your thing, then Scotland is the place to be. Head to Culzean Castle for outstanding views, a beautiful building, and acres of gardens to explore, the castle has starred in several movies, including The Queen.
Visit the beautiful Dumfries House, with its grand concrete staircase and landscaped gardens galore. Visit Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre, which is only a 10-minute walk away, where you can learn more about the historic village’s castle ruins. Or head down the coast to the spectacular Dunure Castle, just perched on the edge of the sea, with truly breath-taking views and rugged terrain.
Ayrshire really is the best place to base yourself if you want to explore the west coast of Scotland. Whether you’re looking for endless days of exploration and discovery, slow wanderings in nature, or challenging hikes up mountains, it’s all here waiting for you.
Our stunning lodges act as the perfect place to relax and unwind, with everything you need, where you can retreat after a long day exploring and finding yourself along the Scottish coast.