Ayr Travel Guide

  • The Auld Brig of Ayr
    The Auld Brig of Ayr
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    Culzean Castle
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  • Display of Begonias at Ayr Flower Show
    Display of Begonias at Ayr Flower Show
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Ayr Things to Do

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  • Culzean Castle and Park

    Culzean Country Park established in 1969 formed the first in Scotland. It is a leading example of a Picturesque Landscape. The movement was essentially Romantic and was concerned with the emotional response to landscape. Its aim was to recreate the 'sublime' in nature by deliberately contrasting structures with variation and surprise. In this...

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  • Crossraguel Abbey

    The ruins of this Ayrshire abbey in verdant countryside are atmospheric to say the least and well worth a visit. One minute you can be walking through a part of the abbey as the monks would have seen it, and the next forward in time to the shell of the church open to the sky.The abbey is extensive and in parts well-preserved. You can wander around...

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  • Ayr Flower Show

    For the last 46 years in August Ayr has hosted Scotland's premier flower show. Just a few minutes' walk from the birthplace of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, and benefiting from the clement climate of Scotland's west coast, there could be no better place for a festival of flowers. The event features competitions for best blooms, plants,...

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  • Ayr town & area

    Ayr town & area is nestled on the south west coast of Scotland overlooking Ayr bay at the Firth of Clyde near to the Isle of Arran. Ayr Racecourse & Burns on their doorstep. Other attractions and areas include Tam O'Shanter, Dundonald Castle & Culzean Castle. Golfing in Ayrshire is well known with the likes of Troon Golf Course & Turnberry Golf...

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  • Culzean Castle

    This Georgian castle, built between 1777-1797, sits on 563 acres of land. For the price of about $15 dollars (adult) you can visit the inside of the castle (not all of the castle is open though) and you can also visit the castle grounds. Inside the castle you can tour rooms showcasing furniture, armor, weapons, paintings, etc. If you have seen your...

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  • Auld Kirk

    The Auld Kirk within the Burns Heritage Park is 'a haunted graveyard' and church...You will find this church and graveyard near:Burns National Heritage ParkMurdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQTel: +44 (0)1292 443 700Fax: +44 (0)1292 441 750email: info@burnsheritagepark.com If you enter, you first encounter the grave of father William Burns......

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Ayr Hotels

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Ayr Restaurants

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  • Dont eat here

    Dear reader :)i used to know somebody that worked in Shanghai Rendevous,Ayr. When they put the food out they leave it their for hours until it has fineshed, also they do not change the desert table often enough. The food is mainly deep fried and not many vegetarian choices. What the hell is ambeience? the walls are quite pretty and the cat...

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  • A real treasure AND handy for Prestwick...

    I'm an ex-pat living in Italy. I've just returned from a trip back to Scotland. My family took me to this restaurant for a last lunch before leaving from Prestwick airport. which is about 10 mins by car.What a memory to take away with me!!! To think on other trips I've made do with a last minute overpriced sandwich etc at airport!!!The place is in...

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  • ELLIOTS

    This is my current favourite eating spot locally & somewhere my friends and I go regularly. Its a little more upmarket than my budget usually allows but they have some great mid week offers that make it more affordable. Its a bar & restaurant so you can either eat in the bar area or in the restaurant/terrace. It has a really nice ambience & decor...

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Ayr Nightlife

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  • Quiet on the nightlife front

    Well as we visited during off season we didn't see much nightlife. Where we were staying there was entertainment provided such as a quiz night, bingo, cabaret show etc. Off site we went to a couple of different restaurants in Ayr but other than that we didn't see much to do in the evening. On site the dess code was "wear what you like". Jeans and...

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  • Trip to the boozer?

    If you fancy a drink in a traditional Scottish bar (and I mean a traditional traditional bar - not one that's been created out of an ACME do-it-yourself traditional bar kit), then try Geordie's Byre.They:> serve excellent real ales (Deuchars is the regular and another 3 or 4 ever-changing guest ales, mostly from England, but more and more from...

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  • Surprisingly good!

    I wouldn't dare to write about places which are maybe no longer there but rest assured, we found some great places and I still remember Ayr as one of the best places ever for night life. Maybe because you don't expect it and because people were friendly and fun. I remember us going to a place called Fatman's Speakeasy, although the name of the...

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Ayr Transportation

  • train travel

    Ayr has an excellent rail connection with Glasgow - Glasgow Central station.There's the tricky bit. If you're traveling from anywhere else - say Edinburgh or Perth - it's not so great. In that case you have to take a train to Glasgow Queen Street station, and then walk 10-15 minutes to Central station for the Ayr train. And remember - it rains a...

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  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport

    Ayr has its own international airport, located just up the road at Prestwick. For more details, check out the transportation tip on my Glasgow pages.http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/bed87/4c4af/9/

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  • Go cycling!!

    We always love to go cycling on holidays. In Ayr we rented very good bicycles from AMG, they have a shop near the city centre. The cost is 12.50 GBP a day or 15 GBP for a weekend....Contact:www.amgcycles.co.uk or email info@amgcycles.co.uk / You can book your bikes to pick up at the Ayr shop and it is only £12.50 per day / Or you can phone the...

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Ayr Local Customs

  • SONNY BEAN

    I took this photo years ago at an event at Culzean. Sawney Bean, so the story goes, was a local cannibal who lived in a cave near Lendalfoot [south of Girvan] way back in the 1600s. Him and his family supposedly used to rob passers by and then eat their flesh, until being captured and taken to Edinburgh for execution! Gruesome story but there is no...

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  • 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...

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Ayr Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of boy racers!

    We had seen reports on VT about the local boy racers, but could not believe just how bad they were until we arrived at the big seaside car park about 5pm.They were all starting to gather in their souped up motors with as many modifications you could think of - exhaust, lights, darkened windows, lowered suspension - you name it!They seem to delight...

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  • RAbbie Burns

    I'm sure its just me being petty and this is more a word of advice than a warning, but if you are talking to anyone Scottish don't refer to Robert Burns as anything other than Robert or Rabbie. Thats with an A. Not an O. He doesn't get referred to as Robbie here. And certainly never ever referred to as "Bobby".

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  • Seafront at Night

    Beware the domination of the seafront at night by Boy Racers in their souped up mini cars, revving along the promenade with music blaring. Ogled by teenage girls too young to drive, but not too young to be drunk out their heads, the boys jockey for attention. Occassionally they stop to let their bombed mates out to throw up on the pavement. Litter...

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Ayr Tourist Traps

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    by hevbell Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    This rather innocuous bit of road is Croy Brae, otherwise known as Electric Brae. Now to me, this is just a stretch of road on the coast road south of Ayr that I frequently pass on my way home if its a nice day.

    To tourists, its some miracle optical illusion. Hence they have a tendancy to stop bang in the middle of the road in order to test the theory. Apparently you are supposed to think you are going up hill when in fact you are really going downhill. So people stop with their handbreak off and see if they start rolling "uphill".

    oh well. at least you don't actually have to pay to try it out I suppose!!

    Unique Suggestions: There is a layby there, use it rather than blocking the road for motorists who are actually trying to get somewhere! Can you tell this annoys me?? Instead of using your car to test the theory you could also try pouring some liquid on the road and see whether it runs "up" the hill. I actually tried this recently and just ended up with a puddle of water that was going NOWHERE!

    Fun Alternatives: Enjoy a nice drive along the coast

    Electric Brae
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Ayr What to Pack

  • Lets GO Fly A Kite!!!!!!!!!

    Take a kite with you! There are many windy spots in Ayr, and if you have a stop somewhere during a long drive, get the kite out for 15 minutes. breaks up your trip and it IS fun!

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  • In the winter pack anything warm...

    Depends how you are travelling around. We had a car so we could either take bags or a suitcase. As we were only there for a week we each had a large bag. In the winter anything warm is best. It was chilly when we were there in October. It rained on and off so take an umbrella. Most villages have a general shop where you can buy toiletries. Most...

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Ayr Off The Beaten Path

  • DEAN CASTLE

    This castle and park are situated in the middle of town but it feels like its out in the countryside. The castle, which was restored in the first half of the 20th Century and was once the seat of the Boyd family, is made up of a windowless 14th Century keep and a 15th Century palace. It now contains a collection of medieval arms, armour, tapestries...

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  • 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...

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  • FAILFORD GORGE

    Another place where you can walk along the River Ayr is at the small hamlet of Failford between Ayr and Mauchline. You can park in the village and follow the paths down through the gorge and then head back up to the Failford Inn for some refreshments when you are done! I've been a couple of times and its a nice walkThis is also another place with a...

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Ayr Sports & Outdoors

  • Newmilns Dry Ski Slope

    I go here fairly regularly to snowboard. Obviously its not actually on snow, its a kind of astroturf but it means we can go year round and its a bit more affordable than the indoor snow slope in Glasgow. Plus nearer if you are in the Ayrshire area. We currently pay £8.50 which gives us two hours on the slope & includes board/ski hire, boots, helmut...

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  • horses!

    Ayr Racecourse. Flat and jumps. Good quality racing. Best is Gold Cup meeting in september. £35 - thats £5 to bet on each race. Check weather forecast. Anything could happen, and probably will. Its Scotland.

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  • Ayr United

    Ayr United, the 'Honest Men' are the local professional football team. As of writing, they are looking a good bet for relegation to the Second Division. Here are some salient points:They are, generally, rubbish. Logically, a town of Ayr's size should be able to support a team capable of generating a decent level of support and spending at least...

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  • Ice cream at Renaldo's

    Renaldo's is next door to the Wellington (so you don't have to go far for desert!).They describe themselves as 'Old Fasioned Italian Ice Cream'. 22 flavours, 90p a cone.They also have a large selection of rock, gifts and souveniers.

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  • ROBERT BURNS

    Ayrshire is proud of its association with Robert Burns, Scotlands bard, who was born in Alloway. In the centre of Ayr is this statue of him in the middle of "Burns Statue Square"!! Even the local pubs pay homage to him with names like "Rabbies", "The Tam O'Shanter Inn" and "The Honest Man", the last in reference to one of his poems that states that...

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  • ROBERT BURNS

    You can also still see some of the buildings and areas associated with Burns such as the two bridges [the Auld Brig and New Bridge] that featured in his poem "Twa Brigs". The Auld Brig dates from the 15th century although it was restored in 1910 and is now pedestrianised.And if you don't want to sound like a tourist, or be met by blank looks, don't...

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