Over 1.1 million tourists visited the area last year injecting over £133 million into the local economy. Home to more than 20 golf courses - including some of Scotland’s best and a unique 12-hole links course - the finest cruising waters on the west coast, inspiring stretches of sandy beaches and the stunning Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire offers tourists a fantastic range of destinations.
Our award-winning thriving hotels and restaurants offer a diverse range of high quality hospitality for visitors and locals alike. From the Michelin starred Braidwoods in Dalry, one of only sixteen Michelin starred restaurants in Scotland, to the iconic Nardini’s café and ice cream parlour in Largs there’s something to suit every taste in North Ayrshire. At the prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards in 2013 the Isle of Arran was crowned Destination of the Year and two of our most successful local hotels, the Auchrannie resort and the Menzies Irvine Hotel, also took home awards.
The excellent sailing available in the area has allowed North Ayrshire to welcome both national and international sailing events to its waters. The Scottish Sailing Institute has been based at the Five Gold Anchor marina at Largs Yacht Haven since 1999, bringing championship level competition to the area ensuring the calibre of water sports in North Ayrshire is of the highest class. In 2013 the Yacht Haven was host to the globally recognised Fife Regatta welcoming twenty classic yachts to the Firth of Clyde.
There is an exciting variety of festivals every year in North Ayrshire. The festivals provide an opportunity to celebrate North Ayrshire’s heritage, talent and natural environment. They include the Marymass Festival, Arran Malt & Music Festival, Largs Viking Festival and the Arran Mountain Festival - Scotland's premier hillwalking and mountaineering festival.
To find out about how North Ayrshire can support your tourism, leisure or hospitality business to grow contact us on 01294 449944.