Around & About

The Merrick

With much to see, here are a few ideas to help you!

Ayr, which is the major town of Ayrshire, is Scotland’s major west coast town and is 16m north of Brunston Castle. Famously known as Burns Country, with 3m of sandy beaches and gentle landscapes. It is a popular seaside resort, offering a good selection of amusements, public parks and scenic riverside walks.


If you like history then you'll love Scotland. Ayrshire is rich in castles, such as the impressive Culzean Castle and its stunning cliff top setting. This castle was designed by Robert Adam for the 10th Earl of Cassillis in 1790, and is now owned by the Scottish National Trust and is open to the public from April to October.

 

Ayrshire also has arguably, the best mountain biking trails in the country. The 7stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland, from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.  'Stane' is the Scots word for stone, and at each of the 7stanes locations, you'll find a stone sculpture reflecting a local myth or legend. The closest trail to Brunston is the Glentrool Trail (Trail Map). You can hire mountain bikes from The Break Pad, at the start of the Kirroughtree Trail (Trail Map), 30 miles away (Trail Map). Galloway Forest Park is also full of beautiful walking trails and if you fancy something a little more strenuous, head out to the hills and climb The Merrick, south Scotland’s highest peak. 

 

Ayrshire Golf

Broadening the Ayrshire golfing horizons doesn't mean traveling very far!

Golf is hugely popular in Scotland and is one of the many reasons people visit the region. Ayrshire is very famous with its very own internationally recognised courses, such as Turnberry and Troon, both within a short drive of Brunston Castle.

Turnberry town and Golf course is 10 miles away by car, just outside Girvan, on the coast. This exceptional links course, the world's first Golf resort (1906) and complex is worth the visit even if you don't play golf!

The Royal Troon Golf course is 30 miles away, to the North. Troon Golf Club was formed on the 16th March 1878, at a Meeting of enthusiasts in the Portland Arms Hotel in Troon. Now this course has developed into an internationally recognised championship course, played by many of the worlds leading players.

The following are a list of other courses in Ayrshire, including course for the general public.

Brunston Golf Course

History, Islands and Cities

Sunset In Scotland

Visiting the Islands and Castles alone will fill many happy days!

Brunston Castle is a few miles from Girvan on the West coast of Scotland. A little way offshore from the Girvan coast, lies the island of Ailsa Craig, a well known landmark in the Firth of Clyde. This famous island is ten miles West of Girvan, peaks at 1,114ft and is two miles in circumference. This volcanic island was active 500 million years ago and is now home to more than 10,000 pairs of Gannets along with colonies of Razorbills, Guillemots and Kittiwakes.

 

Then there is the much larger Isle of Arran to the North of Ailsa Craig. The town of Ardrossan, a little further North, are where ferries run to the Isle of Arran.The island is 19m long by 10m wide but even at this modest size, has a remarkable diversity of land and seascapes. Arran is the seventh largest Scottish island and covers an area of 167sqm. Arran is great for hiking and climbing with a rugged and mountainous interior to the north and green rolling hills and wooded areas to the south.

 

Move further north and you reach the Isle of Bute. 15 miles long by approximately 4 miles wide Bute is less than two hours from the city of Glasgow. The island was a popular Victorian seaside destination, and still proves to be a very popular attraction with a busy summer schedule of routes between Bute, Arran and the mainland.

Bute has been occupied for over 5500 years and shows the historical remnants of this with standing stones, cists and a vitrified fort. Also the ancestral home of the Stuart Kings of Scotland, this island is a historians paradise with a long, rich heritage.


Edinburgh, Princess Street

The cities of Scotland are famous for their architecture, history and shopping!

Mention Scotland and there are a few images that immediately spring to mind: Golf, History, Whisky, Tartan, the Highlands and of course Edinburgh, its castle, its "tattoo" and the famous "Princess Street" from which many other streets radiate; full of restaurants and shops. Edinburgh is a couple of hours away and is a full day out from Brunston Castle. One not to be missed, however, and not an unpleasant drive.

 

Glasgow on the other hand is only half the distance and is a rejuvenated city of culture, with exceptional shopping opportunities and world class restaurants, should they be required!

 

Glasgow has put a lot of effort into marketing the city in the last few years and there is a wealth of information on the internet. We would recommend the Style Mile for fashion and the great selection of museums, even covering the art of locomotives.

 

Glasgow has some famous architects, not least Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There is an excellent guided tour of his works on the Rennie Mackintosh Trail.

 

The regeneration of the city has been centred on the River Clyde and has created iconic structures such as the 'Armadillo'. There are tours by both bus and boat which will show the historical significance of this industrial area and the famous shipbuilding yards.

 

Add the Celtic & Rangers football duel, the financial district, the East & West End and you have a city in the ascendancy. Not to be missed! We recommend Wikipedia for further reading.