190Calmac4yr14Travelling west from Glasgow on the coastal road, the A78, following the Firth of Clyde, it is easy to see why this area is popular with the locals as a short break destination. With quaint villages and towns and good access to the sea, you can see why the hard working Glaswegians of old would go “doon the Watter” to get some fresh air and to enjoy wonderful scenery. Today trips are available via Clyde Cruises to cruise down the Clyde and these excursions take just short of 3 hours on the boat and make a very pleasant outing for the day.

IMG_1801 copyContinuing south through Wemyss Bay, where the ferry leaves to get to the Isle of Bute, you will also find an excellent local butcher. In May 2015, Mearns T. McCaskie Butchers have been awarded 2015 Scottish Haggis champion makers, so well done to them and this seems to be the best place to get your haggis if you are staying locally. Further on, you arrive at Largs, which is very well known in Scotland for Nardinis Café and its ice cream. Anyway enough of ice-cream and haggis, the area is wonderful with the highlights being the coast and what is on offer scenically with the islands beyond. Scotts Visit Nov 08 014 copyIf you are staying at the Historic Medieval Castle, situated on the hill above West Kilbride, which offers self-catering breaks for up to 12 people – then you will have magnificent views from the top of the castle overlooking the sea past Great Cumbrae to the Isle of Arran.

You will have already noticed that the tropical type of plants in this area, with bamboos and palms, which gives a clue to the milder weather that this south western part of Scotland enjoys. 145Golf5yr11From here on in the Ayrshire coast becomes ideal for golf, with the coastline perfect for the classic links golf courses. The sport’s oldest and most prestigious golf tournament has its roots here with the first British Open being held in Ayrshire in 1860 at Prestwick. There are many superb courses to choose from including the great sounding Western Gailes and Kilmarnock Barassie.

St Andrews Golf Yr 11 (16) copyApart from enjoying a cruise on the Clyde, travelling onto various islands like Bute and Arran, eating ice-cream at Nardinis, playing golf on one of Ayrshire’s many renowned golf courses – what else is there to entertain you? Here are 10 more things you can do or visit in this area; 1, Dumfries House; 2, Culzean Castle; 3, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum; 4, Portencross Castle; 5, Eglinton Country Park; 6, Ayr Seafront; 7, Ayr Racecourse; 8, Troon Beach; 9, Scottish Maritime Museum; 10, Kelburn Castle. With a great variety of things to do and see, this part of Ayrshire on Scotland’s west coast has been a well kept secret to the locals for many years and if you feel that this undiscovered part of Scotland should be discovered, then at Scotts Castle Holidays we will be delighted to assist you further. Please contact today to for more information on self-catering large holiday houses in Scotland.