Things to do
In the heart of Burns Country
The region of Ayrshire & Arran, in South West Scotland, has plenty to explore – from coastal towns and shores, to the islands of Arran and Cumbrae. Ayrshire borders Dumfries & Galloway to the south and Glasgow to the north (only 40 minute drive from Glasgow Airport). There’s museums and places to visit such as the Dark Sky Observatory, the Crawick Multiverse outdoor art installation as well as events taking place throughout the year – check out what’s going on.
Castles and Country Houses
There are an abundance of castles, gardens and country houses to explore. Local attractions are Dumfries House, Boswell Coach House and Auchinleck House – perfect for a stroll and a coffee. Or, plan a day trip along the coast exploring the majestic Culzean Castle or the colourfully painted Kelburn Castle.
The Coig sets out 5 routes for you to explore the region. Driving, Cycling or Walking – the Shire takes you round towns and villages, the Shiel route is in the north west of the region… and there are islands routes round Arran, Bute and Cumbrae.
For walkers, there is the River Ayr Way on the doorstep, as well as the Ayrshire Coastal Path nearby, or you can jump on your bike and tackle the 80-mile long Ayrshire Alps – Britains’ first cycling park.
For those looking for more adventurous sporting activities, why not take a trip to Go Ape at Aberfoyle or Peebles. Adventure Carrick can arrange biking, canoeing or walking trips nearby, or check out the Watersport Guide for kite surfing, sailing and other watersports. Or, check out Days out with the Kids for things to do.
The golf courses of Ayrshire are well represented in "Golf World's Top 100" in UK and Ireland with Trump Turnberry topping the list - along with Royal Troon, Prestwick, Western Gailes and Dundonald.
Or - if your golf isn't up to championship course standard - hone your skills closer to home at Roodlea where there's a Par 3 course, driving range and Cafe - and also Footgolf on offer!
There is plenty of wildlife around Pant Farm and Pant Wood. The hedgerows, farmland, woodlands, burns and ponds provide many different habitats to suit a wide variety of wildlife. If you are lucky or out and about at dawn and dusk, you might see roe deer, foxes, hares and badgers.
The farm is home to many different species of birds which thrive in the different habitats of the farmland from the tiny goldcrests to the larger buzzards as well as many summer and winter visitors. Every year we take part in the big farmland bird count. The waterways provide homes for frogs, toads and newts and you might find tadpoles in the spring.