A change in lockdown restrictions means people across Scotland are back travelling to their favourite beauty spots.

Some of these spots can be found right here in South Ayrshire.

Have a look at some of the best sights the area has to offer, and trade lockdown for Loch Doon this weekend.

Culzean Castle & Country Park

An opulent 260 hectare estate, Culzean Castle & Country Park is packed with gardens, beaches, woods and trails for visitors to explore.

The castle is perched on the cliffs, with the park designed around the sandy coastline.

The park also has an adventure cove and wild woodland play areas for kids.

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Byne Hill

If you’re looking for a bird’s eye view of the Ayrshire coast, where better than from the top of Byne Hill?

The Girvan hill’s summit boasts views of Arran, Ailsa Craig and, in clear conditions, the Antrim Hills.

The walk is a 6km round trip, with steep and rocky terrain in places.

Dalcairney Falls

Situated around a mile west of Dalmellington, Dalcairney Falls is a picturesque spot which lies near Doon Bridge.

Parking is available in the village of Cathcartston, with a trail to the falls signposted from the car park.

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Croy Beach

A combination of sandy and rocky terrain, Croy Beach affords views over the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran.

The beach lies between Maidens and Dunure and is popular with those taking part in water sports, such as surfing and yachting.

Parking is available at the beach, with a caravan site nearby also.

Dunure Beach

Lying between the village’s harbour and its castle ruins, Dunure Beach is a picturesque coastal site.

The shingle beach is popular among walkers, and also for boating trips.

Parking is available near the castle, and there is also a play park for children.

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Fullarton Fairy Trail

Set in Fullarton Woods, this fairy trail is the perfect location for a family day out.

The trees are decorated with fairy doors for children to find, allowing their imagination to come to life.

The walk is suitable for small children, with a good terrain for prams – although wet weather may result in a slightly muddier surface.

The trail can be accessed from the play park at the end of Isle of Pin Road.

Loch Doon

Surrounded by hills and forests, Loch Doon is the perfect setting for a scenic day out.

A 3.5km trail can be followed to a striking viewpoint over the water, starting from the castle ruins on the loch’s shore.

Parking is available near the start of the trail at the castle.

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Rozelle Estate

A combination of woodland, parkland, ponds and walks, Rozelle Estate is great spot for recreation.

The 37 hectare estate is an ideal location for those who enjoy wildlife, with collared doves, swallows and blue tits among the birds found in the parkland.

The pond is home to mallards, swans and herons also.

Free parking is available at the estate to the rear of the pavilion.

Kildoon Hill

The peak of Kildoon Hill is marked with a monument which is part of a prehistoric fort.

The summit can be reached as part of a circular walk which begins at Maybole train station.

The walk, while of a considerable 9.75km distance, is routed along quiet country lanes and grassy paths.

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Orchard Gardens

Bursting with floral features and colour, the Orchard Gardens are an ideal spot to soak up the sun.

The site is enclosed by a wall and is found on The Avenue in Girvan.

The park also includes a formal pond, a maze and a memorial garden.