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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 and budget.