Ayrshire

One man's name dominates this county; Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. Burns spent much of his life in the countryside around Ayr, and is synonymous with the villages of Alloway, Mauchline and Tarbolton which make up that area dubbed 'Burns Country'. The Ayrshire landscape is one of farmland that gives way to mountains. Off the coast there are the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig. Robert Adam's magnificent Culzean Castle sits on the cliffs looking out across the Atlantic. In 1945 Culzean's owners, the Kennedy family, gave an apartment on the top floor of the castle to US General Dwight D Eisenhower (US President 1953-61) in gratitude for America's support in the Second World War. He visited the area a number of times, including during his Presidency, and claimed he would "always consider himself a true Minnieboler [from Maybole], if not by birth, at least by adoption".