Arran � often described as Scotland in Miniature � this majestic island may be bathed in sunshine, shrouded in mist or drookit with rain � take Brodick Castle and Gardens as your starting-point � only a ferry-trip away;
Robert Burns Country � Scotland�s National Bard was Ayrshire born-and-bred � see Burns Cottage at Alloway, near Ayr, and follow the Heritage Trail � an hour�s drive away;
Culzean Castle � a tour de force by Robert Adam, now flagship of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) � near Ayr � an hour's drive away;
Helensburgh � famous for Hill House, masterpiece of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, now also in the care of the NTS � an hour's drive away;
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs - now a National Park - see how beautiful and majestic Scotland can be - only an hour's drive away;
Glasgow � for example, the Burrell Art Collection, a repository of superb fine art collected by a Glasgow shipping magnate � an hour's drive away;
Stirling � Braveheart Country - steeped in the history of William Wallace, one of Scotland's greatest heroes; climb the inspiring Wallace Monument and see William's mighty broadsword - only 90 minutes' drive away;
Edinburgh � Scotland's Capital City � one of the loveliest cities in Europe � home of the International Festival and leading cultural events � two hours� drive (or less) away.
Carlton stands in about half-an-acre of private ground, leading straight onto Seamill shore and its extensive, sandy beach.
Rose Garden � natural "suntrap", ideal for sitting out, sunbathing or eating al fresco on a glorious summer's day (weather permitting!)
Croquet Lawn � try this traditional game of skill and strategy � often more combative than it appears � good, knockabout fun!
Kitchen Garden - currently being re-landscaped, to form a private, shaded, tree-lined haven - for pensive reading and relaxation
Private, on-site car-park � for 6 to 8 cars � at owner�s risk, of course
Carlton was built in 1883, in an age of elegance and comfortable living. The house has been cherished carefully, for over 120 years, and retains its historic character and special atmosphere.
The first-floor guest-bedrooms are handsome, spacious and well-appointed.
Principal Bedroom (double) � facing west to Arran and the Firth of Clyde;
Drummond Bedroom (double) � facing west to Arran and the Firth of Clyde;
Ainslie Bedroom (twin-bedded) � facing east to West Kilbride.
Victorian Sitting Room � looking west, over the Rose Garden, to Arran
This is a wonderful room in which to relax, read quietly, chat with family and friends � or, simply, to enjoy the view!
Edwardian Dining Room � looking west, over the Rose Garden, to Arran
Breakfast in this memorable room, steeped in family history, will be the highlight of your stay. Conversation goes at a cracking pace � and you can eat royally too!
Our generous breakfast - "Traditional Scottish" - is elegantly served, with plenty of choice
Ayrshire and Arran Tourist Board �
Or, a little further, to Portencross with its famous medieval castle, historic harbour and picturesque, ruined pier � the BBC's "Para Handy" was filmed here.
For the energetic, climb up Tarbet Hill (behind Carlton) to enjoy the fabulous, panoramic views over West Kilbride and the Firth of Clyde.
If you prefer rural to coastal � a leisurely stroll through Kirktonhall Glen takes you, through a secluded woodland setting, by the Kilbride burn � to the small, friendly town of West Kilbride.