Things To See & Do in Ayr/Ayrshire

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The Romance of Ayrshire

The Romance of Ayrshire

22Under Scottish law, couples from anywhere in the world can get married in Scotland without having to be residents. And if you’re ever down in Ayrshire- Scotland’s very own Elysium- with your significant other, you will appreciate just how befitting it is. Bask in the green-gold splendour of a land so beautiful that it’s easy to believe it, even now, to be the home of faeries. Rediscover the meaning of romance and dreams within the centuries-old walls of its hauntingly beautiful manors and castles. And fall in love all over again.

In a land as beautifully unreal as a tapestry woven on the loom of dreams, no affianced couple would wish to wait till an uncertain future to exchange rings and lives. Consider the Kelburn Castle of Fairlie. Set in a panorama of lush woodlands and rolling glens, Kelburn is a wonderland of cascading waterfalls, exquisite pleasure gardens and even its very own pagoda, all guarded by the watchful eyes of a lordly castle. The marriage is conducted in the majestic splendour of its eighteenth century drawing room, or the sheltered intimacy of its private gardens, the ‘Plaisance’. The wedding party is given access to all of the grounds for the day, and a more magical backdrop to the magical event could not be asked for.

Or take the Glenapp Castle Hotel of Ballantrae. The battlemented walls and pennants take you back to a day and age when chivalry was yet alive, when every lover was a knight and his lady a princess. Added to this antique charm are all the luxuries that only a five star Relais & Châteaux hotel of the 21st century can provide- the best, in other words, of both worlds. Glenapp Castle hosts weddings on an exclusive basis, giving the wedding party of up to thirty-four guests exclusive occupancy of the castle and grounds. From there, all that awaits you is a vision of perfection… from the thirty-six acres of immaculate gardens to the Irish Sea and Island of Arran, and the magical Fairy Rock-the Ailsa Craig. A place as far removed from the noisome cares of everyday life as the middle heavens from the lower earth. A place to make one feel that their marriage was, truly, sanctified beyond the earthy confines of the common world.

Ayrshire offers you more than just beauty on your wedding day. It offers to make the day timeless and unforgettable, in the way it should be, in the way that everyone in this world wishes it ought to be. So come to Ayrshire and know it for yourself. And experience that magical moment of eternity that lives on long, long after it has ceased to be. Image source: Flickr

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Welcome to the town of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

Welcome to the town of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland

Largest of the Clyde Coast holiday towns, Ayr lies in the very centre of the famous Firth of Clyde playground, 32 miles South-West of Glasgow, it looks out on the glorious panorama of the Firth, with the majestic peaks of Arran in the foreground and the Mull of Kintyre in the background. The beautiful Ayrshire countryside provided the inspiration for some of the finest verses of the National Bard of Scotland, Robert Burns.

Undoubtedly Ayr is an old town—the most zealous of historical researchers cannot say just how old. Its story is writ large on the pages of Scottish history. Many of its landmarks bear the indelible stamp of its antiquity. But in every other respect the Auld Toun is the modern home of a modern-minded and thriving community who are well aware of the need to keep abreast of the times, not only for their own sakes but for the benefit of the many thousands who come annually to make holiday.

World-wide fame of Ayr as the centre of the Burns Country makes the town a natural selection for the tourist’s itinerary, but the ordinary holidaymaker may not appreciate that it is, in its own right, one of Scotland’s leading holiday centres. Burns himself may have fostered misunderstanding by his writings.

Auld Ayr wham ne’er a toun surpasses
For Honest Men and Bonnie Lasses

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Wickerman will see pilgrimage from Ayrshire

Wickerman will see pilgrimage from Ayrshire

wickermanThe Wickerman Festival takes place for the eighth successive year near Dundrennan in Dumfries and Galloway. The festival has proven popular with Ayrshire music lovers, being close to home and promoting Ayrshire talent into the bargain over the previous years.

The Liverpool based band the Zutons and 80s band the human league.

Headliners this year will be Liverpool band The Zutons and 80s band The Human League. Unlike the bigger commercial festivals it has a more family orientated feel with kids welcomed and catered for. It also runs throughout the night only stopping for a few hours to clear up and start again. There is music from an array of genres for the most discerning of music fans; reggae, rock, indie, ska, punk, electronic and several styles of dance with house legend Danny Rampling even giving classes to the wannabe DJs among the campers.

There’s also spoken word, poetry, comedy and even a retro outdoor cinema – where yes, you can watch the original Wickerman movie starring Edward Woodward.

Ayr-based ska band The Hostiles will grace the stage in the scooter tent where Bad Manners will headline on Saturday.

At midnight on Saturday there’s a feast of pyrotechnics and a giant Wickerman effigy is set ablaze to the sound of the bagpipes. The Wickerman Festival takes place this weekend on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July, check out www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk for more info. Weekend tickets cost £80 including camping and parking and kids under 14 go free if accompanied by an adult.

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