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Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland

Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland
By UK Travel Guides

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Ayrshire was at one time Scotland’s largest Lowland county. Facing the Firth of Clyde, it is ringed by moorland and hills, which slope down to a rich agricultural patchwork of small fields, country lanes, woodland and picturesque villages. The poet Keats, when he made his pilgrimage in 1818 to the birthplace of Robert Burns in Alloway, compared its scenery to that of Devon. Indeed, in places you almost feel you are in an English rural landscape.

The county was formerly divided into three parts. Carrick is the most southerly, and owes a lot to neighbouring Galloway. It is separated from Kyle, a rich dairying area where the native Ayrshire cattle can be seen dotting the fields, by the River Doon. To the north, beyond the River Irvine, is Cunninghame, which at one time was the most industrialised of the three, though it managed this without losing too much of its rural as...
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