While the weekend is a great time to unwind and relax, the weather isn't always ideal which is why it's worth taking a look at some of the indoor activities on offer in Ayrshire.

Bad weather can make usual outdoor excursions like a trip to the beach undesirable.

This is why we have compiled some of the best-rated Ayshire destinations perfect for a rainy day.

Whether you're looking to experience whisky tasting or want to learn more about the region's heritage, there is something for everyone.

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Ayrshire's 6 best rainy-day activities perfect for the weekend

Here are some of Ayrshire's top-rated Tripadvisor destinations perfect for a rainy weekend:

Dalgarven Mill

Once described as a "hidden gem" the historic buildings of Dalgarven Mill are now a popular attraction with locals and visitors alike.

Learn about the region's important links to the country's early industrial past while being able to grab yourself some freshly prepared food.

Rated a 5/5 on Tripadvisor, one user wrote: "If you fancy a delicious freshly made lunch followed by an excellent museum visit, this is a great place to spend a few hours."

Dumfries House

Named among the top things to do in Cumnock, the House is home to hundreds of unique antiques, and amazing features, and even has extensive grounds if the rain clears up.

One user praised the tour guide, saying: "A tour of Dumfries House is highly recommended. The tour guide was knowledgable, engaging and SO enthusiastic about the house, the antiquities and the future. 90 minute Grand Tour flew by."

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A D Rattray Whisky Shop

Located in Kirkoswald's old village school, the shop has been renovated into a state-of-the-art whisky centre, allowing adults to experience some of the site's award-winning drinks along with its fine selection of rum, wine and more.

One visitor wrote: "Well worth a visit. Small but perfectly formed with knowledgable friendly staff. Tasters available."

Scottish Maritime Museum 

Based in Irvine, the Scottish Maritime Museum has been described as an "excellent resource hidden away" with one user writing: "Fascinating history of ship building and machinery, good for children."

The user added: "Very nice cafe and shop for all types of food. Shopping centre very near."

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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum 

Learn about Scotland's national poet as you explore the birthplace of Robert Burns.

Users were quick to note the 4.5/5 rated attraction's wealth of artefacts and history with others noting the lovely surroundings.

One Tripadvisor user said: "A wonderful place to visit. So much infirm presented in a lovely way. We learnt so much. It was so worth a visit, we spent the day at the various sites."

The Cook School Scotland

The Cook School Scotland offers the ideal opportunity to have a fine-dining experience while trying your hand at 15 different kinds of cuisine with help from Head Chef Stuart and his team.

One hopeful chef said of the workshop: "Amazing day with Stuart, fab day, fun, entertaining and educational. Cannot recommend this enough. Fabulous. Great value for money and so well organised. Thanks Stuart, 10 out of 10."

Another added: "Fantastic Demo & Dine night last night. Stuart Head Chef made it very enjoyable with his interaction with fellow guests. Food was DELICIOUS as well. A good night out for all & reasonably priced for tuition, nice 2 course meal & 3 drinks.