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Family leisure breaks and days out in Ayrshire

Our top 10 ideas for family days out in Ayrshire

1          Pirate Pete's Playcentre, Ayr

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 test. There are ball lagoons; soft bouncers; aerial runways; even a spiral slide, for you to spin your dizzy way from top to bottom of the main mast..Afore you walk the plank at the bottom.

2          Heads of Ayr Park near Ayr

There’s almost 50 different types of animal, each with its own particular charm. Meet them, touch them, feed them! And You could play all day at our farm park. It's packed with fantastic activities like indoor and outdoor play areas, an aerial runway, thrilling ringo sledging, tunnel land and the combine castle.

3          Citadel Leisure Centre , Ayr

Enjoy fun sessions in the Flexi-Pool with one, three and five meter boards and a pre-booked trip to the kids' club.

4          Magnum Leisure Centre , Irvine

Leisure Pool - Ice Rink - Soft Play - Birthday Parties Dry Sports Activities - Squash, Badminton, Volleyball etc

5          Loudoun Castle Theme Park

Scotland's biggest and best Theme Park. Your day out will be packed with laughs, screams, twists, drops, splashes, thrills and spills! We have live shows, great rides, McDougal's farm, games stalls, crazy golf, go karts, indoor play areas, children's playground, fantastic restaurants, historic castle ruins, woodland walks and special events throughout the season! It's the perfect family day out in Scotland!

6          Kelburn Castle Country Centre Largs

Home to the Earls of Glasgow, Kelburn is a fun day out for the whole family with a working pottery, falconry, assault course and the Secret Forest.

7          Vikingar! Largs

Vikingar! the award winning visitor attraction in Ayrshire takes you on a multi-media journey through time from the earliest Viking raids to their defeat at the Battle of Largs in 1263. Vikingar! also boasts a swimming pool, theatre, KA Studio fitness centre, Winter Garden cafe, bar, gift shop and children's soft play area.

8          Galleon Centre, Kilmarnock

As well as providing facilities for swimming it houses an ice rink, bowling hall, two sports halls, squash courts, a sauna/solarium suite, a superb fitness room and two bars - fun swims available to kids aged 8 and over, under 7's must be accompanied by an adult.

9          Culzean Castle and Country Park (NTS)

This striking 18th century clifftop mansion has a fine collection of pictures and furniture. The country park, with its beaches, deer park, woodlands, gardens and vinery, has a wealth of interest

10        Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

See our collection of floating vessels, including Spartan, Scotland’s last Scottish-built puffer, the harbour tug Garnock, and Carola, a steam yacht built in 1898.Discover ship models, photographs and historic objects in the museum’s Boatshop.