Ayrshire is a drivers dream with a choice of fabulous routes to enjoy the comforts of modern motoring but you might need to go back in time and consult a map!

Your sat nav will naturally direct you by the most direct route but here are a choice of interesting routes and some of our favourites. They will add very little to your journey times and you will see how beautiful Ayrshire is. Coming from the centre of Ayr you can take the A719 to Dunure and have a look at the old castle and the Electric Brae with great coastal views down to the beaches and coast around Maiden and Culzean Castle and across to Ailsa Craig and Arran.

Coming from Edinburgh one choice of route is get to Cumnock by different countryside routes and look at the gardens and art at Dumfries House, a great family location on the A70. Alternatively from the Borders country or Edinburgh head to Crawfordjohn and take a choice of fabulous scenic roads such as the A702 past Durisdeer or the B797 mountain road past Wanlockhead and its museums and so to Drumlanrig Castle with its many family attractions and then to Thornhill and across to Maidens.

Coming from the south the most direct route to Maidens is past Newton Stewart and then to Girvan but a hill route on the B7045 will take you past views of the mountains of the Galloway Forest Park and reaches 1400 feet so one of the highest roads in the UK with a descent through yesteryear villages, frequently the haunt of Rabbie on his nighttime meanderings and through delightful river valleys to Crosshill and then Maidens.

However far you want to go back in time all these routes pass great eateries, coffee shops and food venues.

Whichever you arrive we greatly look forward to welcoming you and hearing great ideas for our next drive!

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Dumfries House

Drumlanrig Castle

Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum

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