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Future Museum is built around the key areas that make the south-west so distinctive from the rest of Scotland – its people, industries and arts. The website provides free access to the museum collections of Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway and creates a valuable resource for people of all ages.

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Doon the Watter

Going 'doon the watter' has a long history in Scotland, with generations of city-dwellers sailing down the Clyde to popular coastal Ayrshire destinations such as Arran, Ardrossan, Ayr, and Troon. Trips to the shore were previously a pastime for only the wealthiest of Glaswegians, but with the launch of Henry Bell's steamer in 1812, the chance to escape the city meant more and more day-trippers and tourists became more affordable. Click on the image to find out more.

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