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Straiton Travel Guide - Scotland

Scotland is home to a huge number of small yet wonderful villages, where visitors can lose themselves in local colour and fun. One of the villages you should seriously consider adding to your holiday plans is Straiton, located in South Ayrshire on the River Girvan.

Small in size, big in enjoyment

Compared to other villages in Scotland, Straiton is rather new because it only dates back to about the 18th century or so. Despite being so "modern", it is still a terrific place to visit if you want to experience true Scottish culture and get to know the people of Scotland up close. Straiton is an excellent place to let go of the modern world and immerse yourself in traditional Scotland precisely because it is on the small side and it is not overrun with crowds of people.

The small size of Straiton means you can easily experience the lifestyle of its residents because there are just a few key places to visit and spend time while you're there. For example, the main pub in town (in fact, the only pub in town) is called The Black Bull and it is a wonderful place to step away from the rest of the world and enjoy some pleasant conversation and good spirits. The Black Bull is known for serving some excellent food, most of which is cooked and served by the landlord himself, Kenny Gibson.

The beauty of Blairquhan Castle

Not too far from Straiton is Blairquhan Castle, an estate that saw the first tower being built in the mid 1300's followed by additional construction in the 1500's, 1700's, and 1800's as well. The approach to Blairquhan Castle is particularly lovely, stretching along the shore of the River Girvan and featuring some beautiful walled gardens. Because the castle is within walking distance of Straiton, it's not unusual to see people strolling along the pathway during the spring and summer when the castle is open to the public.

If the castle looks familiar to you, it may be because it was used for filming parts of the 2006 film The Queen starring Helen Mirren, as well as for Beauty and the Geek, a popular Channel 4 television series from 2006.

Scottish Holidays is currently accepting photographs of Straiton and would be delighted to publish your pictures of the area on our webpage for other fans of Straiton to enjoy. To submit a photo, please contact us.