South Ayrshire and the nearby regions are a haven for those who love the outdoors, good food & drink and the history and heritage of Scotland.
As part of your stay, event or visit at Bargany, you'll receive our best recommendations of things to see, do and enjoy in the local area. Whether you're looking for active adventures on Scotland's coastline, a deep dive into local history or epicurean days with good food and drink, there's a wealth of options to choose from.
Girvan is a historic harbour town with roots in the fishing industry, enjoyed in the 19th century as a seaside resort — with stunning views out to sea and the iconic Ailsa Craig island.
The beaches along this stretch of coastline are some of the most beautiful and striking in all of Scotland, and it's an ideal spot for walkers, hikers and runners. Be sure to check the tide times. There are also a range of trails in the neighbouring hills, of varying lengths and gradients.
In Girvan itself, you'll find plenty of local amenities and businesses to explore, and in good weather it's well worth seeking out the beer garden at Flynn's Boatyard pub — great harbour views and friendly service.
Throughout the year, various events and festivals take place across Ayrshire, including some in Bargany's gardens, and trips to the likes of Culzean Castle and scenic Portpatrick are popular days out for the whole family.
Just up the coast, Heads of Ayr Farm Park is a real treat for animal lovers of all ages — home to over 50 species and an array of outdoor activities, including play areas, quad bikes and train rides.
Enjoy Food & Drink
The local food scene is well worth exploring — everything from fine dining fayre to seaside fish and chips — and Scotch whisky tastings are a must for visitors and locals, alike.
Within a 10-15 minute drive, you'll find a fine selection of eateries, and some local favourites include Souter's Inn (Kirkoswald), Wildings Hotel (Maidens), Austins (Girvan), Greenside (Maybole) and Glenapp Castle Restaurant (Girvan).
Further along the coast, you can enjoy fresh seafood and coastal views at The Anchorage (Dunure) or dine in style by the harbour at Scotts (Troon).
Golf in Ayrshire
Keen golfers will find a range of great courses to play across Ayrshire — including Maybole, Royal Troon, Prestwick and the famous Turnberry course. Enthusiasts from across the globe visit this region of Scotland to experience the home of golf.
We're happy to provide recommendations, accommodation and hospitality for Scottish golf weekends and golf tourists — there's no better place to return to at the end of a long day on the fairway than Bargany.
Exclusive, cherished and well kept, Bargany’s gardens are the perfect venue for special events in picturesque settings.
The scenic beauty of Bargany is matched by its industry — home to a variety of livestock and arable farms, alongside new initiatives in vertical farming technology.
Bargany came into the Hamilton family in 1631, and the present day Dalrymple-Hamilton family are the latest custodians of this very special place.