About Ayr


Situated on a stunning stretch of coastline on the Firth of Clyde, the front along the beach at Ayr offers scenic walks for visitors, who have been coming to the town since the boom in tourism at the start of the twentieth century.

In fact Ayr has long been second only to Glasgow as a visitor destination in Scotland, owing to the beautiful surroundings, fresh air and excellent amenities.

One of the towns primary attractions is the famous Ayr Racecourse, which plays host to both flat racing and National Hunt events and has the largest crowd capacity of any Scottish horse racing venue. The most note-worthy event on the courses busy calendar is the Scottish Grand National in April which on its own draws thousands of racing enthusiasts to the town every year.

Just outside the town is the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthplace, what is now the charming Burns Cottage and Museum, which offers a fascinating look at the great mans formative years and subsequent rise to fame.

Another popular visitor attraction nearby is the impressive Culzean Castle with its surrounding country park, which was used as one of the locations in the making of the film The Queen.

Perched on the edge of the Firth, the castle commands stunning views towards the island of Arran and along the coast. Within the castle itself are a plethora of antiquities and fine artwork, not to mention the imposing architecture itself, and regular battle re-enactments and jousting contests take place within its grounds.