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South Ayrshire

South Ayrshire is in Scotland. It has a population of around 113,000 and covers approximately 122,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire.

South Ayrshire (called Siorrachd Inbhir Air a Deas in Scottish Gaelic) has its main council offices in the coastal town of Ayr, whose attractions include the popular Ayr Seafront Playpark, historic Loudon Hall and the Gaiety Theatre, which is a venue for performing arts events including theatre productions and concerts. Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was born in Alloway on January 25th in the year 1759, in a cottage which now forms part of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The museum has an important collection of original works by the poet as well as property that belonged to him, helping visitors to learn more about the life and work of Robert Burns. Events held at the museum include poetry recitals, performances of music and exhibitions of art that have been based upon or inspired by his work. The Burns Monument and Memorial Gardens were created on the north bank of the River Doon and nearby are locations that featured in many of his most celebrated works. Also popular with visitors to South Ayrshire is Culzean Castle, which was built during the 18th century, on a cliff top site overlooking the Firth of Clyde and along with the large country park within which it stands the castle is now owned and run by the National Trust for Scotland. The park has beautiful gardens, woodlands and ponds, whilst the exterior of the castle has a fairytale appearance and housed within its Georgian decorated interiors there are fine furnishings and paintings.

Designed by the architect Robert Adam, Rozelle House was built during the 18th century and is situated among picturesque grounds which include gardens and woodlands. The Rozelle House Galleries has a collection including paintings by Scottish artists such as Alexander Goudie, William Muir and Joseph Morris Henderson. There is a craft shop which sells arts and crafts created by local people and visitors can book places on art workshops or attend events such as the famous Ayr Flower Show, held at Rozelle Estate each summer. The Maclaurin Art Gallery is located within converted stables in the grounds of the house and serves as a venue for exhibitions of classical art, as well as contemporary works by both local and internationally recognised artists. Other attractions in South Ayrshire include the ruins of 14th century Dundonald Castle, which during recent years has been used a venue for a number of social and cultural events, the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey and the Scottish Industrial Railway Centre. The ruins of Dunure Castle are near to the village of Dunure, which during the late nineteenth century was a favourite holiday destination for the influential artist, designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who drew some of the areas landmarks.


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Robert Burns

(Born 1759 in Alloway in South Ayrshire), Poetry

He was a poet and lyricist and is considered as the national poet of Scotland and a pioneer of the romantic movement. Among his many notable works, is his poem and song Auld Lang Syne which is usually sung at Hogmanay.