With the October school holidays coming up, the National Trust for Scotland is urging locals to make the most of the outdoors in Ayrshire and Arran. 

The region offers the opportunity to take part in stunning outdoor walks through spectacular autumnal gardens and fun-filled playparks for the whole family to enjoy.  

The National Trust for Scotland shares and protects over 100 places across the country thanks to the help of its members and supporters, including Culzean Castle and Country Park.

It has highlighed six locations to visit in Ayrshire this autumn; Goatfell, Brodick Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Bachelors' Club, Culzean Castle and Souter Johnnie's Castle.

The NTS said: "Visitors to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum can enjoy an atmospheric wander around Alloway and follow in the footsteps of the infamous Tam o’ Shanter, passing by Alloway Auld Kirk and over the Brig o’ Doon. 

"For the perfect autumnal walk, complete with changing colours and welly requirements, Culzean Castle and Country Park has it all.

"Embark on a stroll and discover a whole 17 miles of walking paths at your leisure. Create family memories to treasure as you explore the Swan Pond and the Deer Park, home to a small herd of red deer and llamas.

"Over in Arran, hillwalkers and climbers can enjoy the dramatic 874m ascent up Goatfell and enjoy panoramic vistas, whilst possibly spotting buzzards and golden eagles high in the sky.

"Or enjoy a stroll and explore the Silver Garden Trail and Plant Hunters’ Walk at Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park whilst taking in the astonishing views of waterfalls and bathing pools hidden around the estate."

To plan your autumnal adventure, visit www.nts.org.uk.