The school summer holidays can seem like the longest few weeks of your life.

It's difficult trying to keep kids occupied for that length of time, especially with the current restrictions we are all currently still living under.

However, right here on our doorsteps, Ayrshire has a wide variety of things on offer to do during the holidays - and they won't break the bank.

There were far too many to choose from, but here is a list of 10 low-cost activities to keep the wee ones, and you, occupied for the next few weeks.

Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

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The Scottish Maritime Museum is the perfect place to go to learn about Scottish shipbuilding history.

The museum has been impacted heavily with enforced closures during lockdown, but it is now back open and ready to welcome you in.

PRICE: Up to three children get free entry with every paying adult. Adult entry is £8.50. 

You can find out more here.

Eglinton Country Park, Kilwinning

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Eglinton Country Park is perfect to enjoy a picnic, a walk, a cycle, or the kids can enjoy the adventure area.

You can even stop for a bite to eat with the café which is open seven days a week.

PRICE: Entry to the park is FREE.

You can find their website here.

Kelburn Castle & Estate, Largs

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Kelburn Castle & Estate is open daily between 10am-6pm. The stunning area has two playgrounds and a café and gift shop.

Explorers can also enter the Secret Forest and find some magical new areas.

PRICE: Entry to the grounds is FREE, but there is a charge for parking. The Secret Forest is priced at £3 per person.

You can find out more on their website.

Fullarton Fairy Trail, Troon

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Fullarton Fairy Trail is the perfect place to keep the wee ones entertained as they stroll through the forest, spotting fairy houses and carvings along the way, as well as an adventure park to enjoy hours of fun.

There is loads of open green space if you want to take along your furry friends.

PRICE: Entry is FREE for all ages.

Find out more about it here.

Ayr Seafront Playpark

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Ayr Seafront Playpark offers loads of fun for the youngsters and there are plenty of areas to get some refreshments when the excitement gets a bit too much for them.

There is also the wide open space of the low green next to it to enjoy a walk with the dog, or a quiet picnic.

PRICE: Entry to the park is FREE. Most parking around the park is also FREE.

See what others had to say about it here.

Dumfries House Estate, Cumnock

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Dumfries House Estate offers a range of gorgeous walking paths, as well as a magnificent adventure park for the kids to go wild on.

Refreshements and seating areas can be found on the grounds as well, with attractions such as the Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, the Chinese Bridge, and a tour of the house itself.

PRICE: Entry to the estate and parking is FREE. 

More information about tours and other attractions can be found on their website.

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

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Another magnificent location to take the kids and enjoy the glorious walking paths, covering over 200 acres, and an exciting adventure park.

You can visit the Rural Life Centre where you can learn more about sustainable living and learn more about the history of the estate and spotting local wildlife along the way.

PRICE: Entry to the park is FREE.

Information about the Rural Life Centre and other attractions can be found here.

Ayrshire Coastal Path

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Take in some of the most beautiful sites Ayrshire has to offer by spending some time along the Ayrshire Coastal Path.

You can spot some wonderful sites of Arran and Ailsa Craig along parts of the near 100-mile path, which can be broken down to enjoy a number of days exploring the path.

PRICE: The path is FREE for all ages.

A dedicated website with all the best tips and tricks to taking on the path can be found here.

Loch Doon, Carrick

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The stunning Loch Doon is fast becoming a Scottish tourism hotspot, with people travelling to see the famous ospreys nesting by the café, which is open seven days a week.

You could enjoy a nice walk around the loch, or pitch up for a beautiful picnic with the most scenis of backdrops.

PRICE: Entry to the loch is FREE, as is parking.

If you are planning a visit, check out the website to learn more.

Ayrshires beaches

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Last, but certainly not least, we couldn't do a list of things to do in Ayrshire without mentioning our stunning array of beaches, including Ayr, Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ardrossan.

If the weather allows, there are few things better than heading down to the beach to get and enjoying a nice ice-cream cone or refreshment. The weather has been kind to us over the last few days, so hopefully we will be able to enjoy a number of days at the beach.

PRICE: The beaches are FREE, as is parking.

No website to direct you to for this one, but I'm sure you know how glorious the beaches can be.