Budget Days out for Families in South Ayrshire, Scotland

Thanks so much to the fabulous Julie Creegan-Bell  for this excellent guest post. Julie blogs at Me, him and them do pop over and check out her own great blog. Over to Julie……

I live in Troon, South Ayrshire in the West of Scotland, and being a stay at home mother of two kiddies aged 1 and 12, I’m always on the lookout for a day out on a budget for both age groups.

 Free Days Out


First and foremost Troon is a seaside town, surrounded by other seaside towns all of which have free parking and amenities for the kids.  Most of out time and days out are spent there with a picnic and buckets and spades. The kids love it and I love the peace.

 The Beach


 Troon Beach is beautiful in summer. It’s cleaned daily and great for family fun.

Here’s a list of all the other places we’ve visited with free entry.

 Rozelle Park and MacLaurin Art Gallery-Alloway, Ayr

Bellisle Park -Ayr

Electric Brae-Maybole

Pay on Entry

 Most famously probably is Burns Cottage and National Heritage Park, Alloway, Ayr.  This is the birthplace of Robert Burns and has a good educational experience for kids within the centre and tours suitable for a family with older kids of school age. It is £5 for a day passport for all ages up to a concession which is £3, and a family passport for the day is £13.  If you’re into your Scottish Heritage or the kids are studying Burns at school this is a great day out.

 cottage  burns

Both my kids love Heads of Ayr Farm park where they have a petting zoo and all sorts of cute animals so go and visit.  It also had quad biking for the older kids and trampolines. There’s a cafeteria but also hadloads of undercover or outside picnic areas if you want to self cater for the family. This option is slightly more pricey at £9 for adults, £7 for kids or a family ticket for £35 which allows in a family of 5, but it really is a whole day out and is well worth it.


 There are tractors for the younger kids to sit in and play


 My little ones favourite were the monkeys who come to play.

 And trampolines are always a winner with all ages.

 For the older kiddies only there is Craft Daft in Alloway Street, Ayr where they can go and and paint models such as jewellery boxes vases, etc and take them home.  Its £4 a child to go in and 50p a model to paint. Adults are free to go in with their kids.  My daughter loved this place on wet summers days and also sometimes friends had birthday party’s here too.

 For younger kids ranging from babies to primary school ages, there’s Kidzplay, Prestwick Beach. it’s a softplay, with huge cafeteria and also caters for kids parties. Its £3.50 on weekdays for entry per child and £4.30 on Holidays and weekends. 

 There’s plenty more places like these in and around  South Ayrshire as we have a big tourist trade in the summer. It tends to cater for families in general and is well worth a visit.

Cheers Julie…Troon beach looks heavenly!



  1. Laura C
    June 9, 2010 / 10:44 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more Julie! I live in East Ayrshire and am always popping to the soft play near the beach and we were recently at Heads of Ayr, a fantastic day out for all!

  2. Crystal Jigsaw
    June 9, 2010 / 1:37 pm

    I absolutely love Scotland. That beach looks incredible and I’m not a beach person!! So long as the kids have somewhere to run about they are usually happy. Lovely post.

    CJ xx

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