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Name Arran Hideaways
Address Penny Brass ,The Hideaway, Brodick, Isle of Arran KA27 8AJ
Phone: 08440 504 504 or 01770 302303  
Fax: 08440 504 514 
Web Site / Email Arran Hideaways
Arran Hideaways
Comments Arran Hideaways - Penny launched Arran Hideaways in 1998 and the business grew very quickly. Penny is committed to providing a customer friendly service for both holiday guests and property owners whilst trying to maintain a happy working environment for the staff and housekeepers. “A tall order and we don’t always get it right but we do try to listen and learn – there’s never a dull moment in our office!”

Name Ayrshire Chamber Tourism Forum
Address 11 Yorke Road, troon KA10 6EW.
Phone: 01292 314337  
Web Site / Email Tourism Forum
Alastair Breckenridge
Comments The Ayrshire Chamber Tourism Forum (formerly the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Forum) is a voluntary industry-led partnership organisation whose main objective is to develop the area's tourism offering so that VisitScotland and other businesses may have a more attractive product to market.

Name Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Address Suite 1005, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick, KA9 2PL.
Phone: 01292 678666  
Fax: 01292 678667  
Web Site / Email ACCI
Comments Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been in existence for over fifty years and has served the business community with distinction. Today the Ayrshire Chamber is recognised as the leading organisation representin the business Community in the whole of Ayrshire. We provide assistance to business by offering an expanding range of business support and business generating services.

Name Ayrshire Roots
Web Site / Email Ayrshire Roots
Ayrshire Roots
Comments Local and family history site. Historical details and old maps on Ayrshire towns. Old and new views. Large database and many descendant trees on Ayrshire families and surnames. A How-To section for those starting out together with large reference and records sections.

Name Blackwaterfoot Lodge
Address Ian and Ann Relf Blackwaterfoot Lodge Isle of Arran
Phone: 01770 860202  
Web Site / Email Blackwaterfoot Lodge
Blackwaterfoot Lodge
Comments The building is late Victorian; the hotel is warm and welcoming. Pets by arrangement. Open from Easter until the end of September A self catering cottage in the hotel grounds features a lounge/diner, a shower room and two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with twin beds. Please contact us for further details.

Name Mr Bill Davidson
Address Toronto Canada
Web Site / Email Davidson
Bill Davidson
Comments Large selection of Surnames - search your Ayrshire ancestors.

Name Douglas Heritage Museum Society
Address Bells Wynd, Douglas, Lanark, ML11 0QH.
Phone: 01555 851243  
Comments The Douglas Heritage Museum is housed in the former St Sophias Chapel and is one of the most interesting buildings in the village (circa 1700). This museum reflects the life and heritage of Douglas. Trustee: Jim Fleming Newmains Farm Douglas Lanarkshire. Open Easter to September Saturdays and Sundays 2pm - 5pm or by special arrangement.

Name Dunaskin Open Air Museum
Address Waterside, by Patna, Ayrshire, KA6 7JF.
Phone: 01292 531144  
Fax: 01292 532314  
Web Site / Email Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group
Comments Dunaskin Open Air Museum closed in June 2005. The site is still used and is now operated by the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Group (ARPG). All the Dunaskin material was auctioned off or handed to Museum trusts.

Name Georgina McKinley
Address Laggan Farm, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland, Ka26ojz.
Phone: 01465831402  
Web Site / Email Ballantrae - Laggan Farm
Laggan Farm

Name Hector Macdonald & Co
Address Camera House, 56b Bank Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1-1ER.
Phone: 01563-521641/541239  
Fax: 01563-573844  
Web Site / Email Camera House
Camera House
Comments We are a family run business offering friendly helpful advice on digital products and photographic equipment. Digital photo restoration is offered as one of the many services provided,printing on the latest Epson printers, we offer one of the highest quality of prints, up to 12x18 inch maximum print with Epson 100 year life.

Name Iona Guest House
Address 27 St. Leonards Road, AYR, KA7 2PS.
Phone: +44 (0)1292 269541  
Fax: +44 (0)1292 269541  
Web Site / Email Iona Guest House
Iona Guest House
Comments We are a small Guesthouse. We have 1 Twin Room, 1 Double Room which are Ensuite, and 2 Single Rooms which are not. We are well placed for ease of access to both the Town, and the Countryside. You will be sure of a warm Scottish welcome.

Name IrishGen Ltd
Address 5 Prospect Avenue Glasnevin Dublin 9.
Phone: 01 882 8006  
Fax: 01 830 5345  
Web Site / Email IrishGen
Comments Your complete guide to Irish Genealogy online.

Name Irish Genealogy
Address 5 Prospect Avenue Glasnevin Dublin 9.
Phone: 01 882 8006  
Fax: 01 830 5345  
Web Site / Email Irish Genealogy Centre
Irish Genealogy
Comments Specialist genealogical and historical company, providing a range of services to those researching Irish ancestry.

Name Kingsley Hotel
Address Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA 27 8AJ.
Phone: 01770302226  
Fax: 01770302319  
Web Site / Email
Kingsley Hotel

Name Margery Stirling
Address Summer School Co-ordinator, DAICE,, Airthrey Castle,, University of Stirlng, Stirling, FK9 4LA.
Phone: 01786 467951  
Fax: 01786 466131  
Web Site / Email Scottish Summer Schools
Scottish Summer Schools
Comments Now in its twenty-seventh year, the University of Stirling's Summer School Programme caters for a wide range of interests. Over the years the courses have attracted thousands of participants wishing to experience the rich cultural heritage of Scotland. This year the programme focuses on various themes - Culture, Society & Natural Heritage and Music and Dance. At present dates are not yet finalised but will be shown here soon. In 2004/5 there were Summer courses on 'Discovering Scottish Castles'; 'Exploring Scotland's Historic Towns and Cities'; 'Scotland's Roads, Canals and Railways'; 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh - His Era, Architecture and Interior';and also 'Understand Scotland's History'. In addition there are various Scottish History, Music and Dance Courses available during July and August, further details are shown on the website.

Name Maybole Community Website
Address Maybole, Ayrshire
Web Site / Email Maybole Home Page
Comments Home Page for Maybole, Capital of Carrick. All about the community and its history.

Name Menzies Hotel Irvine
Address 46 Annick Road Irvine KA11 4LD
Phone: 01294 274272  
Web Site / Email Menzies Hotel - site ***
Menzies Irvine
Comments The Menzies Hotel (formerly The Thistle Hotel) in Irvine set within large grounds stands just off the main A71 Irvine by-pass giving easy access to the main routes within Ayrshire and also to the Highland and Islands of Scotland. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is only a 10 minute drive away. Menzies Irvine has 128 bedrooms offering a high degree of comfort along with satellite TV and Internet connection. Menzies Irvine offers a 9 hole, par 3 practice golf course and a Hawaiian themed leisure pool. The Oasis bar Lounge and 2 restaurants are perfect for relaxing evenings serving good food and wines.

Name Mike Garrett
Address van Leeuwenhoekstraat 102, Hoogeveen, The Netherlands, 7908 bM.
Phone: +31 521 596511  
Fax: +31 521 597332  
Web Site / Email The (Unofficial) Saltcoats Home Page - site
Comments Everything to do with Saltcoats that is available on-line e.g. images, web sites, useful links etc.

Name Naked Eye Photograph Restoration
Address 16/2 West Terrace Brewery Close South Queensferry EH30 9LL
Phone: 0131 331 3189  
Web Site / Email Naked Eye
Naked Eye
Comments Naked Eye is a company specialising in digital photo restoration and manipulation.We believe that reliability,personal service and appropriate advice are as important as a high quality finished photograph.

Name North Ayrshire Museum
Address Manse Street, Saltcoats, Scotland, KA21 5AA.
Phone: 01294 464174  
Fax: 01294 464174  
Web Site / Email North Ayrshire Museums - site
North Ayrshire Museums
Comments Local history museum mainly covering the three towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.

Name ROOTS Consulting Services (Scotland)
Address 14 Croe Place, KILMARNOCK, KA1 3QW.
Phone: 01563 574115  
Web Site / Email ROOTS Consulting Services (Scotland)
Ancestry Roots
Comments ROOTS is a small but fast growing family concern that specialise in all aspects of genealogical & family history research.

Name Stair Organic Growers
Address 11 The Yetts Tarbolton KA5 5NT
Phone: 01292 541369  
Web Site / Email Stair Organic Growers
Comments Organic fruits and vegetables - SOG are a family business based at Stair, who only use 100% organic products in growing, including organic seeds and compost.

Name Stair Parish Church
Address Stair Church, Stair, Ayrshire, KA5 5HW.
Phone: 01292541392  
Fax: 01292541392  
Web Site / Email Stair Parish Church - site
Stair Church
Comments Stair Parish Church short History and Cemetery headstone index and headstone inscriptions.

Name Tamarind Bed and Breakfast
Address 24 Arran Avenue, KILMARNOCK, KA3 1TP.
Phone: +44 (0)1563 571788  
Web Site / Email Tamarind - site
Tamarind B&B
Comments Tamarind is a large ranch style bungalow in a quiet residential area close to Kilmarnock's town centre. We offer comfort and style with that personal touch to make your stay with us an experience to remember. We also have an indoor pool which is heated in the summer months.

Name The Cherries
Address 50 Ottoline Drive, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 7AW.
Phone: 00 44 (0)1292 313312  
Fax: 00 44 (0)1292 319007  
Web Site / Email The Cherries - site
The Cherries
Comments beautiful quiet family home backing on to golf course. Near award - winning beach, various restaurants, 8 golf courses and 15 min drive to library records dept. A half hour to Glasgow one and a half to Edinburgh.

Name The Shore bed and breakfast
Address Shore Road, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8JY.
Phone: 01770 600764  
Fax: 01770 600764  
Web Site / Email The Shore - site
The Shore b. and b.
Comments The Shore is a 4 star guest house on the sea front in Lamlash, Isle of Arran. We are keen amateur genealogists with a good working knowledge of the island and its history.

Name Three Towners Site
Address Melbourne, Australia.
Web Site / Email Three Towners - site
Three Towners
Comments Historical facts and details of people and events in the three towns of Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan. Site Administrator - Hugh McCallum

Name Visit Scotland - Ayrshire & Arran
Address 15 Skye Road, Prestwick, (written & telephone enquiries only), KA9 2TA.
Phone: 01292 678100  
Fax: 01292 471832  
Web Site / Email Visit Scotland - Ayrshire and Arran
Ayrshire and Arran

Name Woodcroft Cottages and Apartments
Address Mrs Anne Hardie Woodcroft Cottages & Apartments 23 Midton Road Ayr KA7 2SF
Phone: 01292 264383 
Fax: 01292 270245 
Web Site / Email Woodcroft Cottages and Apartments
Woodcroft Cottages
Comments If you are a traveller seeking a superior self catering holiday experience in Scotland, look no further than Woodcroft Cottages. Escape and enjoy the freedom of a self catering holiday in one of our high quality cottages in Ayr & Prestwick.

Woodcroft self catering cottages are unique and graded by Visit Scotland annually, but all share the same trademarks of charm, warmth, style and, most of all, attention to the detail needed for visitors staying from two days to weeks or more.

Each Ayrshire property is in a quiet location with private parking; most have enclosed walled gardens. They also have self-catering apartments at Holyrood in Edinburgh - see Woodcroft Apartments

The Woodcroft Cottages in Ayrshire are just a five minute walk from the beach where you can enjoy walking along a stunning coast line. They are also only minutes away from the bustle of a lively town centre with absolutely everything - shops, theatre, pubs, discos and excellent foodie places that cater for all tastes and budgets. Woodcroft Cottages quality self catering holiday cottages and apartments are ideally situated for exploring Burns Country, golfing on world famous Links Golf Courses, or simply enjoying the stunning coastline. Prestwick airport is 10 minutes away by train and Glasgow airport is only one hour away. Edinburgh is a 2 hour journey and offers a wonderful day out

Name Woodside Farmhouse bed and breakfast
Address Dalrymple Road, Coylton, by Ayr, KA6 6HQ.
Phone: 01292 570254  
Web Site / Email Woodside Farmhouse - site
Woodside Farmhouse
Comments Woodside Farmhouse offers informal and friendly hospitality. 10mins from Ayr Town Centre yet completely rural. Large ensuite bedrooms and a cooked breakfast. We look forward to meeting you. Prices from £17.00

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