Things to do near Troon

Troon expects to 200,000 visitors throughout the second week of July as the Ayrshire Seaside town hosts the 145th British Open Golf Championship.  

Blue Skies from Royal Troon The Open Thursday view to Arran

If you're in the town seeing some of the world's best golfers why don't you support the local businesses.  Rather than buying overpriced, mass produced merchandise from the course why not take a look at some local produce in the local stores?

One shop in particular has invested in a large amount of local produce.  This long established, locally owned store has a huge selection of beautiful gifts and high quality souvenirs designed and made in South West Scotland.  You could make a real difference to small, independent businesses in the area.  

Get directions to A&F Home Interiors here:

Royal Troon Souvenir Gift Shop Ayrshire

For those of you looking to escape the crowds, there's a gorgeous little village just a short way up the coast.  West Kilbride, also known as Craft Town Scotland, at first glance appears to be a sleepy little seaside village.  Pop into any of the over thirty retail establishments and you will find passionate people who really know their products and local area.  

Visit the 10 craft and design studios to see the best local produce and find out how things are made.  The designers and makers will give you an insight into their inspirations and the amount of effort that goes into the work they produce.

An easy 25 minute drive up the stunning Ayrshire coast from Royal Troon you will find the following at Craft Town Scotland:

Silversmithing, Hand Woven Textiles, Glass Artists, Textile Artists, Hand-Painted Yarns and Textile Designers.

Artists Craft Makers and Designers in Ayrshire

Or how about an inspiring day out at one of Ayrshire's most prestigious locations?  Dumfries House Estate in East Ayrshire has something for everyone.  Woodland walks, Arboretum, Adventure Playground, Walled Garden, Coffee House and a Woodland Restaurant.  Get directions to Dumfries House here.

Image of Dumfries House and link to the attraction, Ayrshire

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