Miller House Guest House
36 Miller road, Ayr, KA7 2AY, United Kingdom
More about Ayr
Postcard from my great NM gf while on Scot travel
The Auld Kirk, Alloway
Travel Tips for Ayr
ST JOHNS TOWER
St Johns Tower is near the centre of Ayr but far enough away that a lot of people probably don't even know its there. Its hidden away in a residential area and not normally open to the public. I'm not sure of the history of it though.
Location Bruce Cresent.
To get there from the town centre - take one of the side streets off the Sandgate through to Fort Street and then go down Charlotte St, its in a park at the end of the street.
Or turn right at the bottom of Wellington Sq [when facing the court] and you can see the Tower ahead of you
Formerly a Wetherspoons its now a Lloyds but there doesn't seem to be much difference. Its a pub with a good wide-ranging menu and some good offers including burger and beer for £3.99 or the curry club on certain nights. Also a 2 meals for £5.75 deal on certain menu items.
This is somewhere I go a lot with friends since its convenient for meeting up after work. We love their big comfy sofas and good value food. There is also an outside patio where you can people watch on a sunny day! If I'm really hungry I'll go for the Burger deal but my usual favourite is one of the pasta dishes, Chicken Alfredo or the Penne Margherita, or else the 5 Bean Chilli.
Baltersan Castle is now but the ruin of a 16th Century tower house probably built for John Kennedy. An shield above the entrance door tells us that it was built in 1584. There is likewise a faded inscription informing us that it was "begun the first day of March, 158-, by John Kennedy of Pennyglcn and Margaret Cathcart his spouse."
The ruins are only viewable from a distance.
There are plans to renovate it and let it become some sort of timeshare - let's hope they do not over do it!
AYR & AYRSHIRE
" Home Sweet Home"
This is the area in which I was born and have grown up. It wasn't until I travelled in other countries that I realised how lucky I was to be living here and began to appreciate the area. We have gorgeous rolling countryside as opposed to the never ending flatness of the Benelux countries and we also have a lovely coastline. This part of Scotland is often overlooked a bit tourist wise (along with the Borders on the East coast) in favour of the Highlands and Edinburgh and Glasgow. Ayrshire is south of Glasgow along the Clyde coast.
The town of Ayr itself is my nearest "big town" and although not spectacular, it IS a great base to explore the area. Its been a popular seaside resort [particularly with Glaswegians] since Victorian times and is also known for its racecourse [see sports tips] and the areas association with the poet Robert Burns.
This picture is looking down the High Street towards Wallace's Tower. This is believed to be situated on the site of a medieval tower where William Wallace was once imprisoned and then escaped from. Its 113 feet and was built in 1828.
The area around the town of Ayr is known as Ayrshire. Its worth getting out of the town and exploring some of the countryside and smaller towns and villages. A lot of this page is about places in Ayrshire rather than in town, particularly the off the beaten path tips
I have to say my favourite place in the area is Culzean Country Park near Maidens, where I took this picture. Its a beautiful place for a walk :)