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Stewarton
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County Town: Ayr
Population: 350,000
Area: 2950 sq km
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April
Dunure Folk Festival
The Girvan Cycle Race

May
Burns an a' that ! festival
Girvan Folk Festival
Irvine Valley Walking Festival

June
Arran Folk Festival
Girvan Civic Week
The Lowland Gathering

July
Ballantrae Treasure Hunt and Gala
Girvan Harbour Gala

August
Ayr Flower Show
Brodick Highland Games
Cumnock Highland Games
Girvan Annual Flower Show
Marymass Folk Festival
The Culzean Autoclassica

September
Darvel Music Festival
Gold Cup Festival
Prestwick Show
Robert McLellan Festival
Septembayr Street Theatre & Charity Day
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October
Darvel Music Festival
Halloween at Stumpy Jail
Lantern Making Workshops

November
Carrick Festival of Light

December
Christmas at the Castle
Christmas Street Party

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Ayrshire, the Poetic Heart of Scotland and the home of Open Golf , is a land of green rolling farmland and miles of sandy beaches. Ayrshire also offers a range of unique visitor attractions, which include Culzean Castle and Country Park , the jewel in the National Trust for Scotland's crown, and 'The Big Idea' in Irvine , a totally new concept in interactive exhibitions.

Ayrshire was the home of Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns , who took poetic and musical inspiration from its people, towns and countryside. His life and works are now celebrated at the Burns National Heritage Park in Alloway, South of Ayr , where he was born.

The area is a mecca for all golfers with some of the finest courses in Scotland. There are over 30 quality courses here, including the two Open Championship Courses at Turnberry and Royal Troon , and the Old Course at Prestwick where the first Open Championship was held in 1860.

From Largs you can take the short trip by ferry to The Isle of Cumbrae and visit Scotland's smallest cathedral or simply hire a bike and cycle your cares away on the safe and quiet roads.

From the spectacular granite peaks and deep glens in the north - a delight for hillwalkers and climbers - to the rolling hills and pasture in the south, Arran is indeed an island to treasure. The coastal road links a series of pretty, unspoilt villages and the coastline itself is punctuated by sandy bays and dark caves. Further inland you can discover one of the many ancient stone circles on Machrie Moor.

The island is renowned for its traditional and home made foods and is unique in the diversity of its local produce. Arran cheese, mustard and oatcakes, are all produced on the island and you can visit the Isle of Arran Distillery in Lochranza and taste their very special whisky. Brodick Castle , set in beautiful gardens, is certainly worth a visit and contains fine collections of porcelain, silverware and furniture from around the world.

If golf is your game try one of the seven fine golf courses set amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. You can also try pony-trekking or even paragliding.

Arran has its own strong island identity and culture, and the crafts that stem from its heritage attract worldwide acclaim.

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