Ayrshire: venues with cultural, sporting and historic themes

Scotland will be celebrating the work of Robert Burns this Sunday (25 January). C&IT highlights some of the venues for meetings and events available in Ayrshire, where the country's national bard was born.

Situated in the village of Alloway, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, a National Trust for Scotland property, offers a unique encounter with the bard. The museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.

The versatile venue is divided across two sites – the purpose-built museum on one site and Burns Cottage and Pavilion nearby.

Located in the new museum building, at the heart of a £21m development, the Museum Café is available for exclusive evening events, from drinks receptions to dinners and Burns Suppers. During the spring and summer months, guests can spill out on to the beautiful landscaped gardens which are dotted with sculptures.

Burns Cottage, where the bard first came into the world more than 250 years ago and lived until the age of seven, is available for parties of up to 20, with guests able to enjoy a dram while soaking up its unique history. 

Turnberry is one of the world’s most famous golf courses but, as a conference venue, Trump Turnberry Resort is as flexible as it is prestigious. The 800-acre resort offers a range of venues including the hotel, the golf Clubhouse, the Turnberry Performance Academy and Lodges. 

Trump Turnberry Resort has a wide variety of meeting rooms suited to small conferences and other business gatherings. Its premier rooms are The Caledonia and The Turnberry Suite, each capable of hosting up to 220 guests theatre-style. For a smaller group, The Mackenzie Ross looks out on to the final green of the Ailsa course, holding up to 40 attendees.

Sitting on a clifftop looking out towards the Isle of Arran, Culzean Castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of Scottish countryside, charming follies, relaxing woodland walks and inviting sandy beaches. The venue is also part of the National Trust for Scotland portfolio.

Located in Scotland’s golfing heartland, the 250-acre Blair Estate is just 20 minutes from Glasgow International Airport and is a perfect hideaway for corporate retreats.

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