Beach at Ayr

Beach at Ayr, Scotland

This evening, my focus is on the pleasant and prosperous town of Ayr which lies about 1 hour south of Glasgow.  The town is named after the river of same name which in Gaelic is Inbhir air meaning ‘Ayr mouth’ whilst the root word may mean something like ‘watercourse’. Some of the attractions and sites in and around Ayr include:

  • Ayr Racecourse. With a history dating back to the 18th century, Ayr Racecourse is Scotland’s premier horse racing venue and the only one at which all of the country’s top meetings are held.
  • The children oriented Heads of Ayr Farm Park.
  • The 100 mile Ayrshire Coastal Path which encompasses cliff-top and beach walks plus sea panoramas.
  • Golf: Royal Troon and Turnberry are two Championship courses in the vicinity.
  • Culzean Castle and Country Park. The 18th century house was designed by Robert Adam and  occupies a stunning location overlooking the Firth of Forth.
  • Drumlanrig Castle which is home to the internationally renowned Buccleuch Art Collection.
  • Loudon Hill, a popular spot affording beautiful views over Ayrshire to the Firth of Clyde. Popular with walkers, climbers and day trippers.
  • Dean Castle country Park. The castle dates from the 14th century.
  • Dundonald Castle.
  • Dunure Castle
  • Robert Burns birthplace and associated sites at Alloway. These include the new Birthplace Museum.
  • Dumfries House which contains and exceptional range of original furniture by Thomas Chippendale.
  • Sandy beaches
  • Good shopping facilities
River Ayr entering Firth of Clyde

River Ayr entering Firth of Clyde, Ayr

Robert Burns connected pub.

Tam o Shanter Inn, Ayr

Tam o Shanter Inn, Ayr, Scotland

High Street, Ayr

High Street, Ayr, Scotland

Carnegie Library, Ayr

Carnegie Library, Ayr, Scotland

Overall, Ayr has much to offer the visitor and  could serve as a good base for touring the local area.

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