This is an area renowned for stunning sunsets, for tremendous views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran, and the Mull of Kintyre - and on a clear day, Northern Ireland. It is also renowned for its amazing walks, exhilarating world-class mountain biking trails, fishing, or for just forgetting one’s troubles for a while and savouring every special moment in this superb region of Southern Scotland. Whilst there are strolls aplenty, serious walkers will enjoy the challenge of the Ayrshire Coastal Path, which runs for 100 miles from Glenapp to Skelmorlie, along one of the finest coastlines in the British Isles. Visitor attractions along the way include Robert Burns’ birthplace Museum at Alloway, Dundonald Castle near Troon and Kilwinning Abbey. Golfers are also well catered for as Ayrshire is home to some of the finest golf courses in Scotland, including Royal Troon and Turnberry. A memorable day out is to the stunning Culzean Castle just 5 miles north of Girvan, which includes a small museum dedicated to the memory of the famous American President and wartime General Dwight D Eisenhower, who was gifted an apartment in the castle. The castle itself occupies a dramatic cliff-top location with superb views across the sea to the mountains of Arran. Inland is the magnificent Galloway Forest Park, the largest in the UK. Glentrool has been described as a Highlands in miniature and intoxicates the visitor with its wild beauty and intriguing history. The Bruce’s Stone commemorates Robert the Bruce’s first victory over the English and commands a fine view of Loch Trool and the Galloway Hills, and is the traditional starting-point for the gruelling jaunt up Merrick, at 2764 feet the highest mountain in southern Scotland. This area has some of the oldest oak trees in Scotland and a wide variety of wildlife including red squirrels, hares, roe deer, badgers, otters and herons. The lucky few may catch a glimpse of barn owls, hen harriers and buzzards.