Dumfries House: the beautiful Georgian house designed by the Adam brothers, with all its original contents intact, which was saved by the Prince of Wales in 2007 for the benefit of the nation. There are glorious gardens as well as a café, shop and children’s play areas.
Ayr: a handsome seaside town with great playground on the beach. The tourist office is in the historic Sandgate. Ayr's Old Bridge is pictured above.
Robert Burns’ Birthplace Museum, Alloway: the charming thatched cottage (pictured above), owned by the National Trust for Scotland, where Scotland’s most famous poet was born with a museum and café close by.
Rozelle Art Gallery: a fine Georgian house between Alloway and Ayr with café, shop and changing exhibitions.
Crossraguel Abbey: an Historic Scotland property, with fine surviving remnants of a medieval abbey (pictured above).
Culzean Castle: Robert Adam’s romantic masterpiece, perched high above the sea with sensational gardens as well as a café and stunning new play ground, run by the National Trust for Scotland.
Dean Castle, Kilmarnock: an imaginatively restored medieval castle with outstanding collection of arms, armour and musical instruments and relics from the most famous Ayrshire party, the Eglinton Tournament.
Low Coylton Arms, Coylton
Trysting Thorn, Coylton
Hollybush Inn, Hollybush
Meridian, Burns Statue Square, Ayr
Waterfront, Ayr (with own parking on the River Ayr)
Stage Door, Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Souter Johnnie’s, Kirkoswald
Woodlands Restaurant, Dumfries House (weekends only)
Pandora, Sandgate, Ayr
Café Nero, High Street, Ayr
Costa Coffee in Waterstones Bookshop, High Street, Ayr
Stables, Dumfries House, Cumnock
Boswell Coach House, Auchinleck
By phone: Sizzle and Spice 2 (01292 560066)
In person: The Coylton Fish & Chip Shop (01292 571146)
Odeon Cinema, Burns Statue Square, Ayr
Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
LA Bowl, Ayr
Playground, Sea Front, Ayr
Soft Play, Pirate Petes
Heads of Ayr Farm Park
The Red Kite Trail
Puffins on Ailsa Craig
The Dark Sky Park Observatory, Craigengillan Estate, Dalmellington
The Isle of Arran, which forms the dramatic backdrop to the Ayrshire coast dark canopy web site
Crawick Multiverse, Sanquhar: Spectacular Charles Jencks land form with astronomical symbolism
Take your pick from championship courses at Trump Turnberry, Prestwick and Royal Troon, to municipal courses at Ayr, Prestwick, Troon and Barrasie, to Roodlea (10 minutes from the cottage) for beginners with a driving range.