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Leave behind the bustle of Glasgow for a full-day trip to Scotland’s wind-swept Ayrshire Coast. Fans of Robert Burns will revel in the scenic tour through his homeland, soaking up images of the Scottish castles, quaint fishing villages and enchanting wooded areas that inspired the artist’s poems and songs. Stop to wander the trails of Culzean Country Park and spend the afternoon exploring Burns’ hometown of Alloway.


  • 8-hour guided tour from Glasgow to the Ayrshire Coast, home region of poet Robert Burns
  • Discover the trails and lovely gardens of Culzean Country Park
  • Take an optional tour of the 18th-century Culzean Castle (own expense)
  • Collect snapshot images of beautiful Scottish countryside and sights like the ruins of Dunure Castle
  • Get a dose of Burns’ history on an independent tour of Alloway, the poet’s hometown
  • Roundtrip transport by comfortable minivan included

What You Can Expect

Ayrshire Coast Day Trip from Glasgow: Robert Burns Country and Culzean Country Park

Culzean Castle

Leave the city bustle behind in Glasgow and head out by luxury minivan through Scotland’s Renfrewshire Hills. On the drive southwest to the Ayrshire coast, your friendly guide will keep you entertained, explaining some of the history of this charming yet relatively undiscovered region.

First stop on the coast is Culzean Country Park in South Ayrshire, a glorious retreat set in the middle of 600 acres (243 acres) of countryside. Your time here is spent at leisure, so you can do as much, or as little, as you like!

Explore the park’s pretty woodland trails and landscaped gardens, seeking out enchanting features like the Swan Pond or the Victorian Walled Garden. Alternatively, check out Culzean Castle if you wish (own expense). Created in the 18th century by renowned British architect Robert Adam, the cliff-top castle is akin to a treasure trove, with an array of fascinating rooms all brimming with history. Visit the armoury room to see an impressive display of pistols and swords, and learn of President Eisenhower’s links to the castle at the end of World War II.

After having lunch in the park grounds (own expense), meet your guide and continue by minivan past the ancient ruins of castle in Dunure. Next, you’ll arrive in the heart of Burns Country -- the market town of Alloway -- where you'll learn all you need to know about the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns.

You’ll have the afternoon to spend in Alloway independently, and your guide will give you plenty of tips for the best sights to see. Visit places mentioned in Burns’ poems and songs, like ‘Auld Kirk Alloway’ (the graveyard in his poem Tam o’ Shanter), or perhaps check out the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (any entry fees at own expense).

From Alloway, you’ll return to Glasgow by minivan, arriving in the city in the early evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing tour! Even with only two travellers, the tour went ahead. Our guide, Juliette, was professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, friendly and funny. She conducted her tour and conveyed her information conversationally. It was a glorious day! Culzean is a beautiful castle, the Ayreshire coast glorious and all the information about Robbie Burns fascinating. Couldn't have enjoyed it more.

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Interesting stops and Tony is a friendly and informative guide.

Aneta I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trip in Airshire was very pleasant. The countryside was surprisingly beautiful, shame that many tourists do not travel in the Scottish lowlands. The guide was excellent, he obviously loves and knows the local history and culture. He even included appropriate songs where to discribe his storytelling. Wonderful! I recomend it!

Larrie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tony Rabbie's tours was terrific. It was small group and he was most helpful and did a nice job explaining about where we were going and things along the way. Highly recommended...Culzean was amazing

Kenneth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was well organized and afforded an enjoyable visit to the Burns museum and surroundings, as well as Culzean Castlein all a most rewarding trip in the attractive Scottish countryside. The guide was helpful and the pacing of the tour was goodall the results of the company's long experience with tourism. Very warmly recommended.

Weatherford T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Stephen did a good job. The Robert Burns museum is my favourite. Alloway really seems like a good place.

Maxim Vorobyev

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great castles! I caught opportunity to meet Duke in Inveraray Castle!

Eve I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

David was awesome! Culzean is a beautiful castle in a beautiful setting. 'Rabbie' Burns birthplace and the Brig O Doon are just so charming. The countryside and coastal areas are lovely. A nice way to spend the day.

Maja B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Mary doris D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was wonderful I really enjoyed it :))))

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