The Clyde Coast
The Clyde Coast
The Firth of Clyde has always been popular with Glaswegians. It is easy to have a day 'doon the watter' by train and boat. There are frequent trains to Ardrossan, Largs, Wemyss Bay and Gourock with connections by boat to Brodick on the Isle of Arran, Millport on Cumbrae, Rothesay on Bute and Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. The paddle steamers of Waverley Excursions and Clyde Marine make the traditional Glasgow outing down the Clyde from Glasgow to Dunoon, Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute. Season starts at Easter.
There are excellent hotels and championship golf courses on the Ayrshire coast, including Troon and the most famous of all, Turnberry, a resort in itself in the Gleneagles mould looking over to the Isle of Arran. Prestwick is a charming little seaside resort and Ayr, which adjoins it, is a good shopping town with a long, sandy beach. Both can be reached by train from Glasgow in under an hour. A local bus from Ayr serves Alloway, the heart of the Burns country. At Alloway don't miss Burns Cottage, Open All Year, except Sunday October to March, the thatched whitewashed cottage in which the poet was born in 1759 and a good museum with many of Bums' manuscripts; Alloway Auld Kirk and the Land O'Burns Centre, Open All Year, with an audio-visual interpretation of Burns' life. Cuizean Castle and Country Park, 12 miles south of Ayr, is the National Trust property in the area, country park Open All Year, castle open April to October. A magnificent Adam castle looking out to the Firth of Clyde and the high-domed rock of Ailsa Craig with farm museum and nature trails.
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