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South West Scotland and Borders
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South and west of Glasgow, Ayrshire has a beautiful coastline and a number of seaside resorts including Prestwick and Troon, another world-class golf course.

Irvine is home to the Scottish Maritime Museum, and nearby Dundonald Castle was childhood home of William Wallace. Vikingar, a visitor centre at Largs, highlights the Viking influences on the region, while Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns, offers a number of attractions dedicated to the poet. Off the Ayrshire coast lies Arran, a very popular holiday island.

Dumfries and Galloway

This area consists of rolling countryside, lakes and pine forests. Towns like Dumfries, the home of Robert Burns; Kirkcudbright, a former artist’s colony; and Gatehouse of Fleet are all very popular centres.

Castles, country houses, gardens and special interest museums are common in the area. To the southwest, Stranraer is the ferry port for Belfast, and the main town on the Rhinns of Galloway Peninsula. For more information contact the Tourist Board.

The Borders

The Borders area was the scene of Anglo-Scottish battles down the centuries. It is an area of lush green hills and moorland. The area’s wealth allowed construction of several ecclesiastical buildings, most notably the abbeys at Dryburgh, Jedburgh and Melrose. The border towns of Galashiels, Hawick, Peebles and Selkirk are still centres of the tweed, wool and knitwear industry. Abbotsford was home to Sir Walter Scott.