This region, located in the South West of Scotland encompasses the Isle of Arran and the Cumbrae Isles and is bordered by Renfrewshire, East and South Ayrshire and Inverclyde to the north.
A county which was built on steel and textiles, the mills and factories have long since been silenced and while the larger towns of Fairlie and West Kilbride have been regenerated as successful commuter towns, some other areas have become ghosts of their former selves. The islands have a higher than average percentage of holiday and second homes and rely on tourism as their main industry. Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and has some of the most spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on this side of the Scottish coast. The Cumbrae Islands also rely on tourism, and place much emphasis on the outdoor, family life with golf, swimming, water sports and cycling being very popular here.