58/60, Ayr-Girvan & 358/360 Girvan to StranraerConnecting services to/from Glasgow to Ayr from Stagecoach West Scotland
This scenic route from Ayr to Stranraer offers a transition from Scottish farmyards and pastures to captivating coastal beauty, showcasing South West Scotland's seaside scenery and charming towns along the way.
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2 hours, 11 minutes
The 58/60 operates at regular service, every 30 minutes after 08:20 with 4 journeys continuing to Stranraer
Ayr Bus StationHow to get here
Girvan was once home to a sugar beet factory, which operated from the 1920s to the 1980s, producing sugar and confectionery. This unexpected aspect of Girvan's history adds a unique and sweet twist to its past.
Scottish farmyard and pastures aplenty make way to entrancing coastal sojourn on this idyllic route from Ayr to Stranraer that encapsulates the beauty of South West Scotland seaside scenery.
As you leave Ayr, you’ll be greeted by rolling green hills adorned with quaint cottages and fields of grazing sheep. Passing through Minishant, you’ll witness charming countryside vistas, with narrow country lanes meandering through the fields. The town of Maybole showcases its historic architecture, with stone buildings and a medieval castle. Crosshill continues the rural charm, with scenic farmland stretching as far as the eye can see. Daily Greenhead Street provides glimpses of small-town life. Finally, Girvan and Girvan Piedmount Road bring you to the breathtaking coastal scenery, with cliffs, beaches, and the sparkling sea.
The journey to Stranraer offers a captivating coastal route. At Girvan, the destination screen on the bus shows that the number changes to 358/360 from 58/60, but folk don’t need to change buses! Leaving Girvan, passengers are treated to stunning views of rugged cliffs and golden sandy beaches. Lendalfoot’s picturesque coastal village showcases quaint cottages and serene seascapes. As you continue, Ballantrae Cafe beckons with its seaside charm and the distant silhouette of Ailsa Craig on the horizon. Glenapp Sawmill provides a glimpse of the lush greenery that hugs the coastline. Cairnryan Terminal, a hub for ferry connections, reveals bustling maritime activity. Finally, Stranraer’s welcoming town and its bustling harbour provide a fitting end, with sea, sky, and the promise of adventure in the air.
This is a fabulous journey made possible also by Stagecoach’s great, fast and convenient connecting services between Glasgow and Ayr.
A Fab Day Out!
Starting in Ayr, folk can explore the coastal town’s attractions like the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, dedicated to the famous poet. Stroll along the Ayr Beach and admire the views of the Isle of Arran.
Golf enthusiasts can play at the Belleisle or Seafield golf courses. Culzean Castle, perched on a cliff, features lush gardens and impressive architecture. Ayr Racecourse is a great spot for horse racing fans. The town center offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and pubs, making Ayr a well-rounded destination for history, natural beauty, and leisure.
As the bus continues, you’ll pass through Minishant and Crosshill, quaint villages with picturesque countryside surroundings. These areas are perfect for a peaceful stop, with opportunities for short walks or simply enjoying the tranquil atmosphere. Minishant is also known for its cozy pub, The Brown Bull, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere for a drink or a meal. It’s an ideal place to experience the tranquility and hospitality of rural Scotland while enjoying the simplicity and beauty of village life.
The journey takes you to Girvan, a coastal town with a beautiful beach, perfect for a seaside break. Explore the nearby attractions like Culzean Castle, a stunning cliff-top castle with gorgeous gardens.
Further along the route, Lendalfoot offers breathtaking sea views, and Ballantrae boasts scenic beauty and outdoor activities, including golf at Ballantrae Golf Club and walks along Ballantrae Coastal Path.
Glenapp Sawmill, known for its scenic woodlands and hiking trails, is a hidden gem. Folk can explore the beautiful woodland surroundings with well-marked trails for hiking and walking, providing a peaceful escape and opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife spotting. The sawmill area itself provides insight into the region’s industrial history, featuring vintage machinery and historical displays.
Finally, you’ll arrive in Stranraer, a charming town with maritime history. Start your visit at the Castle of St John, a historic tower house and museum showcasing the town’s maritime past. Explore the town’s scenic harborside area, where you can find seafood restaurants and enjoy fresh catches from the sea.
Take a leisurely walk along Loch Ryan’s shores, providing beautiful vistas and peaceful moments. The Agnew Park is perfect for a family outing with its playgrounds, gardens, and a miniature railway. Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the Stranraer Golf Club with stunning coastal views.
For those interested in nature, the nearby Logan Botanic Garden is a must-visit, known for its exotic plants and stunning landscapes. Stranraer offers a relaxed and charming atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for a tranquil getaway and outdoor exploration.
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