Turnberry is situated on the spectacular Ayrshire coastline which provides endless pastime opportunities from beach picnics to sea angling from island hopping boat trips to watersports. It is also the home of some of the finest historical sites. It was the birthplace of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and the ruins of his castle are of tourist interest.

Modern day Turnberry is famous for its golf links. "The Westin Turnberry Resort" in Turnberry is a commercial operation, which is open to the public. The three golf courses here are: The Ailsa Course, The Kintyre Course and The Arran Course.

Local Sights & Activities for Turnberry

Sightseeing

Other important attractions in and around Turnberry are: The granite island of Ailsa Craig which is ten miles offshore in the Firth of Clyde. The island is home to 40,000 gannets.

Culzean Castle stands on the cliffs looking out towards Arran and Ailsa Craig. The Castle was built by Robert Adam in the 18th century .

Burns Cottage and Museum, (website) Alloway. The cottage where Robert Burns was born has been restored to be today much as it was during the poet's life. (Tel: 0844 493 2601)

Crossraguel Abbey, near Maybole, is owned and managed by Historic Scotland, Crossraguel Abbey one of the few Cluniac settlements in Scotland. (The abbey's ruins are extensive),  and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

Castles Nearby

Culzean Castle & Country Park

Superb castellated house overlooking the sea with wonderful history of visitors. Stunning and worth visiting to time with setting sun in the west.

Thomaston Castle

Small ruined castle near Culzean Castle once owned by a nephew of Robert the Bruce. Now ruined but visitable. It is pretty intact in terms of the outside wall, but the interior is ruined.

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