Ayrshire and Arran
Visitors have two images of Ayrshire - Rabbie Burns and a television picture of Ailsa Craig during the Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon, Turnberry or Prestwick. Both play a significant role in Ayrshire & Arran's culture. Ayrshire, Arran and Cumbrae used to be the main recreational areas for the industrial towns and cities of west Scotland at the time of the industrial revolution.
History is very strong here in Ayrshire and Arran. Both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are closely linked with Ayrshire which played a large part in establishing an independent Scotland. There are also a large number of castles and fine country houses here and many of the ancient churches and abbeys were scenes of extreme strife during the reformation.
Ayr and Kilmarnock are the principal towns. Kilmarnock tends to be the industrial heat of the area and Ayr, looking out over the Clyde towards Arran, is best known as the home of Rabbie Burns - his life and times give rise to many notable attractions.
The mass, seasonal influx of visitors to Arran and the smaller Isle of Cumbrae may have changed but the landscapes are the same - Cumbrae, flat and ideal for watersports and Arran, a magnet for hillwalkers and ramblers. (204)
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