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The history, of course, has not always been peaceful but it has been the source of great interest and great significance going back beyond the turbulent relationship with neighbouring England through the dark ages and Roman times.Like many parts of the west coast Scotland, the county in fact has a far older history, going back over 10,000 years when the first settlers started farming in the area and their ancient hill forts and standing stones are still very much in evidence today both on the mainland and across the western isles for those who wish to find them. The castles of Ayrshire and their grounds were acquired by clans that supported Scottish Kings in battle, the braver in battle, the greater the reward.Ayrshire, lying on the south west coast of Scotland, faces out to the Firth of Clyde and is steeped in history with links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Robert Burns.The Burns birthplace cottage museum is situated in Alloway by Ayr.Born in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, he came to Avoch when he retired and was buried in the old churchyard in 1820. Dolphin Trips Avoch provide daily boat trips in the summer from Avoch harbour. CHANONRY POINT Famous place for spotting the Moray Firth dolphins from the shore.On the opposite side of the firth is the historic military base of Fort George. FORTROSE (14 miles from Inverness) Red sandstone houses, ruined cathedral, golf course.
This is the region that gave us our National Bard, Robert Burns.Explore the great Burns attractions, take a wander around an ancient castle, or learn about the Vikings who once set foot on these very shores.Both Ayrshire and Arran produce a range of tasty treats that you won't want to miss.The Ayrshire clans include Boyd, Boyle, Bruce, Campbell, Cathcart, Craufurd, Cunningham, Hamilton, Hunter, Kennedy, Lockhart, Montgomery, Mure and Wallace.Although not subject to the same land clearances as the highlands, many inhabitants moved out from this part of Scotland to Ireland and the colonies, particularly North America and Australia and spread those names far and wide.