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16th July 2018 | Regional News

Scotland’s Top 4 Coastal Towns

From white sands and crystal-clear waters to dramatic clifftops and mysterious caves, Scotland’s coastline is truly spectacular. Whether you want to try your hand at water sports, or simply fancy a stroll along the promenade, Scotland’s beaches have plenty of exciting things for the whole family to do.

However, sitting beside the shoreline are plenty of fantastic towns and villages just waiting to be explored. You’ll find quirky shops to buy souvenirs in, charming cafes where you can try some of the country’s delicious delicacies, and so much more in these seaside towns. Here are four of our favourite coastal towns to visit on your next holiday in Scotland!

Ayr

Less than 15 minutes’ drive from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park is the popular seaside town of Ayr. Located on the west coast of Scotland, visitors can enjoy historic museums, local landmarks and stunning scenery, making it the perfect place to visit for a family holiday.

One of Ayr’s most appealing attractions is the wide variety of shops on offer. Whether you’re looking for a large shopping complex, such as Ayr Central, or independent, quirky stores, you’ll find everything you need here. There are also plenty of fantastic bars and restaurants scattered around the town, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding where to take a break.

If you’re a fan of history, a holiday to Ayr wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Just a short walk from the coast, visitors can learn about this famous Scottish poet and lyricist at the museum, and take a look around some of the places that inspired his best work. Step back in time and visit Burns Cottage, to experience where Robert and his family once lived. From the kitchen where they once all ate together to the farm in which they tended to their animals, there’s so much to see.

Ayr beach is one of the best in Scotland, so don’t forget to check it out before you head home. This long stretch of sand is perfect for picnics, building sandcastles and beach games, and there’s even crazy golf and a children’s play area along the shore. On a clear day, you’ll also be greeted with spectacular views of the Isle of Arran, so be sure to take your camera when visiting!


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Largs

Largs is a charming seaside town on the Firth of Clyde, famous for its Viking heritage. Just 15 minutes’ drive from Wemyss Bay Holiday Park, the town offers up plenty of fun activities for the family to enjoy.

If you want to learn more about Largs’ Viking heritage, then head to Vikingar! for a fantastic day out. Let costumed storytellers take you on a journey through 500 years of Viking history, telling you about the Battle of Largs in 1263 and so much more. From battle re-enactments to displays and exhibitions, see history brought to life at this exciting, action-packed attraction.

Just a five-minute drive from the town centre is Kelburn Castle and Country Park, a fantastic place to visit with the whole family. The castle was completed in the 16th century, however, in 2007, Lord Glasgow invited four Brazilian graffiti artists to decorate the walls, making it the unique, eye-catching masterpiece that we see today. Whilst you’re there, take a walk through the wonderful woodlands that surround the castle, dare to brave the adventure course, or splash around in the spectacular waterfalls.

Once you’ve discovered Largs town centre and the surrounding area, you can’t leave without visiting the seafront. Blessed with a Victorian promenade, take a stroll and admire the beautiful sea views, before enjoying some of the shore’s shops, cafes and arcades. Largs is also famous for its ice cream parlour, Nardinis, which is a highlight of the promenade and the perfect place to cool off on a summer’s day.


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Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright is a vibrant harbour town filled with history. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Southerness Holiday Park, there are plenty of events and activities taking place here all year round, making it a fantastic town to visit come summer or winter.

Also fondly known as ‘The Artists’ Town’ because of its many pastel-coloured houses, take a walk around the winding streets and admire these charming buildings. On your journey, enjoy browsing the variety of independent shops, cafes serving up tasty treats, and monthly farmers’ markets. In the town centre, you’ll also find plenty of art galleries where you can admire the spectacular artwork, such as The Whitehouse Gallery, Tolbooth Art Centre and Harbour Cottage Gallery.

If you’re visiting over the summer, you might even be lucky enough to catch the annual Arts and Crafts Trail. This year, between Friday the 3rd and Monday the 6th of August, artists and craft makers from across Scotland will come together to show off their work to the public. You’ll have the opportunity to chat to the artists, buy some of their work, and maybe even paint something for yourself!

If you’re looking for a beach to relax on after exploring the town, then head to Dhoon Beach, a secluded spot that’s perfect for families. This beach is ideal for swimming, and at low tide, you might even get to catch a glimpse of an old shipwreck.


Video sourced from Neil Mackey

Nairn

Home to Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, the beautiful town of Nairn is a fantastic tourist hotspot. Said to be one of the driest and sunniest places in Scotland, it’s no surprise that so many people choose to stay in Nairn when exploring the country’s stunning coastline.

Whether you fancy playing a round of golf or simply want to relax and watch boats sailing into the harbour, there are a variety of activities on offer in this bustling town. Learn about how Nairn was once an ancient fishing port at the Nairn Museum. Children will particularly love the museum, as there are plenty of interactive and ‘pick-up-and-touch’ exhibitions to enjoy. If you are interested in the fishing history of the area, why not try and catch your own? Nairn has a range of fantastic waters for fishing, such as the River Nairn, where you can catch trout and salmon.

If you enjoy marine life, don’t forget to look out for dolphins when visiting Nairn! The Moray Firth coast is one of the best places in the UK to catch a glimpse of these incredible animals, often seen in the harbour and along the shoreline in the early mornings.


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