DOORS OPEN DAY
This isn't a view of Ayr that you would normally get to see. I took this from St Johns Tower during last years "Doors Open Day".
It happens annually, usually in September, and basically over this one weekend you have the opportunity to visit a variety of local sites which normally charge entry or are not open to the public at all. Its a good way to see places :)
EGLINTON CASTLE & PARK
Eglinton Castle is situated between Irvine and Kilwinning, just off the A78. The castle itself is mostly in ruins now but there are some nice walks around the grounds and of course the obligatory cafe for a relaxing drink after.
Trip to Dunure
This is an interesting small fishing port with harbour 7 miles south out of Ayr on the coast road.
The village of Dunure is located 5 miles (8km) north west of Maybole in South Ayrshire. This fishing village is a fairly recent addition to the coastline, dating from the early 19th century. The harbour was improved in 1811, and along with the creation of building leases in 1819, led to the development of the village as a fishing station. Notable structures include Dunure House, built in 1800, Dunure Mill, and Dunure Castle at which the Commendator of Crossraguel Abbey was roasted.
Take a look at the port and fishing boats - there are a couple of display boards with tales from times gone by - such as local history and sailor's suspicions.
A few minutes walk away you will find the ruins of the castle, and tales of folk being roasted there!
Head across the green headland which has some good views of Arran 7 Ailsa Craig. Our children then enjoyed exploring the rock pools. There were loads of dead jelly fish here, with one or two live ones in the rock pools. Among other finds: a dead seal and dead sea bird - all very exciting finds for our girls!
Sadly, the village's only village pub has closed down, with a note in the window saying it is not known if it will reopen. There is a small Post Office.
Ayr and ayrshire
"Is this the real Scotland?"
I arrived in Glasgow Prestwick's airport:from there to Ayr is about 10 minutes of train,so it's very easy to reach.The city of Ayr is very quiet town,with great people.If you search for monuments or masterpieces in scotland you have to go somewhere else,but if you search for quiet and for a good place where to stay for visting scotland countryside,that's your place.The town is not big so you can walk around on foot and it'll not take lots of time.You can find interesting shops,good pubs,and all the things that(as toursit)you think to find in a scotland city.I really loved ayr,expecially for the people:they are very very friendly,every time i asked something they helped me in all the possible ways.So,if you search for a quiet place,not far from Edinburgh and Glasgow,in the countryside,Ayr is the place where you have to come.Maybe Ayr is the real scotland town,with no lots of touristic attractions,but a place where you can live like a scottish
"A very quiet place"
As you can see from the pic,Ayr is a very quiet place for stayin(i haven't see any policeman or police car around).You can go on foot to the "esplanade",that is a beach close to the town center,or you can rent a car and simpy go around for the ayshire.Or you just can realx in the town,going to pubs,and walking around.Just a strange thing is that during august or you go to eat in a pub before 9 pm or you don't eat.I understand that's the Uk way to be,and the time for dinner,but as italian i needed to adapt to this times..usually on holiday i go out for dinner at 9:30 pm.So remember to go early for dinner,and try local food like "hastings"...delicious:-)