A Travel Guide To Ayr
Located in the beauty of South Western
Scotland, the historic seaside town of Ayr is a jewel in the crown
of any Scottish holiday itinerary. Lying on the Clyde Coast, Ayr is
the largest of holiday towns along the shore, with a bustling town
centre and a wealth of attractions and activities to make a visit to
the area well worth the whilst.
The town is situated close to the idyllic scenery that Scotland is
well known for, offering many walking and cycling routes for the
outdoor enthusiast and the Isle of Arran is just across the Firth of
Clyde, harbouring more opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Sports
fans are well provided for, with world-class golf courses; Turnberry
and Royal Troon have both held the British Open. Ayr also has a
racecourse which hosts the two major racing events in Scotland; the
Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup.
Ayrshire itself is a historic county and has a variety of monuments
and interesting places to see, such as Culzean Castle, one of
southern Scotland`s most visited, which has a country park and
attractive views along the coast. Other places of interest include
the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey, the desolate Turnberry Lighthouse
and Maybole Castle. The county is well known for the inspiration it
provided the famous poet Robert Burns, who was born close by in the
town of Alloway which has attractions related to his life and work.
For those interested in relaxing, there is the option of watching a
show at the Gaeity Theatre or heading for the shops in the town
centre, or simply taking a stroll on the unspoilt beach.
The best time to visit Scotland is May through to September, the
months which offer the mildest weather. June to August is high
season, with the best weather and longest days, whilst May and
September will be quieter but have a similar chance of good weather,
which at the best of times can be unpredictable. The winter months
are cold and dark and many attractions will not be open.
There are many ways to get to Ayr, Glasgow being just 32 miles away
to the northeast with an international airport. Ayr itself has a
smaller airport, Prestwick, tourist with a number of flights from
London and Europe. The town has a railway station, as do Prestwick
and Kilmarnock and the line connects with Glasgow, from where
following connections to larger cities in England and Scotland can
be made. By car, scenic alternatives can be used instead of
motorways if you fancy a change.
There are a variety of cheap accommodation options and
hotels near Ayr, including bed and breakfast, self catering
cottages and hotel guest houses, depending on personal preference