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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Ayrshire and Arran

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 258 fun things to do in Ayrshire and Arran for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Ayr, Kilmarnock, Cumnock and Auchinleck. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 170 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Ayrshire and Arran day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Ayrshire and Arran with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Kids drawing at Kidz Play Indoor Play Centre in Prestwick

Kidz Play Indoor Play Centre

  • Prestwick
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Kid'z Play is a purpose built jungle theme indoor play centre for children. Let your child's imagination run riot on the snake slides, tube slides, a...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Prestwick Beach

  • Prestwick
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Prestwick Beach in South Scotland, a great long sandy beach that’s perfect for a day out full of adventure.  Want to bring along your fo...

Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

Troon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Troon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Want to make your family  day out in Troon a little bit more exciting? We’d say searching for a buried treasure should do the trick… Prepare for an a...

Sunset at Barassie Beach in Troon

Barassie Beach

  • Troon
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you're after a beautiful sandy beach with absolutely stunning views for your next family day out, then you should definitely go to Barassie Beach...

Boy in swimming lesson at Citadel Leisure Centre in Ayr

Citadel Leisure Centre

  • Ayr
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Citadel Leisure Centre, situated at the south end of Ayr beach, is a multi-activity sports and entertainment facility, with a multi-purpose Hall, plu...

Indoor soft play frame at Pirate Pete's Playcentre in Ayr

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  • Ayr
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

With four decks of slopes and slides, climbs and tubes, Pirate Pete's is a treasure trove of attractions to put your pirating skills to the ultimate...

Bowling alleys at LA Bowl and Lazerzone in Ayr

LA Bowl and Lazerzone

  • Ayr
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

LA Bowl and LAzerzone offers a great combination experience: a nice serene family game of bowling, then compete in a selection of different exciting...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Ayr

  • Ayr
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Whether your kids love crazy characters and colours, or song and dance numbers galore, find the lot under one roof at ODEON Ayr. With 5 screens of mu...

Kids running on a sandy beach

Heads of Ayr Beach

  • Ayr
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Heads of Ayr Beach in South Scotland, a lovely little quiet and secluded beach that’s perfect for a relaxing family trip.  This small sa...

Coast at Ayr Beach

Ayr Beach

  • Ayr
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Enjoy a day at one of UK's northern seaside gems when you take the kids to Ayr Beach in South Scotland! This long urban beach is a winner of the Seas...

Outside view of Dundonald Castle in Yett

Dundonald Castle

  • Yett
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Dundonald Castle is in its own renaissance period having been developed within the last decade into one of the must-visit attractions in Ayrshire. Si...

Burn cottage at The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

  • Ayr
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is an ideal family destination. The displays within the main museum exhibition and Burns cottage include plenty of...

VIew of Craig Tara Beach in Maybole

Craig Tara Beach

  • Maybole
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Long walks by the sea are your thing? Take the kids for a stroll at Craig Tara Beach near Maybole. This lively beach is a great place to look for mar...

Girl on digger at Heads of Ayr Park in Alloway

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

  • Alloway
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Heads of Ayr Park is home to more animals than you could ever imagine! Come visit the mischievous mammals, the farmyard favourites or play in the hug...

Waves at Irvine Beach

Irvine Beach

  • Irvine
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Feel the breeze in your hair, bury your feet in the sand and soak in the stunning seaside views at Irvine Beach in South Scotland. This large sandy b...

Boat at Scottish Maritime Museum Irvine

Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine

  • Irvine
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Scottish Maritime Museum- Irvine Explore the Linthouse engine shop, Scotland Cathedral of Engineering, a Victorian Glass Roofed building and build an...

Horses at The Ayrshire Equitation Centre in Ayr

The Ayrshire Equitation Centre

  • Ayr
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Based in South West Scotland, The Ayrshire Equitation Centre is a well-established and family run BHS approved facility, tailoring riding tuition for...

Soft play area at Creepy Crawlies in Irvine

Creepy Crawlies

  • Irvine
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Creepy Crawlies Their adventure playground includes an area specifically designed for crawling babies and toddlers while the older children have full...

Pond at Eglinton Country Park in Irvine

Eglinton Country Park

  • Irvine
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Eglinton Country Park gives you the space and freedom to enjoy a wide range of pursuits. There are tranquil country pursuits, walking, horse riding,...

Sunset at Stevenston Beach

Stevenston Beach

  • Stevenston
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Not every beach has to be large and busy! Discover a patch of sand less known and enjoy a day at Stevenston Beach in South Scotland. This local gem s...

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