Ayr Visitor information
Ayr is a historic seaside town in Scotland famous for being the birthplace of poet and lyricist Robert Burns "the Bard of Ayrshire". There's a charming sea-front with an esplanade and long sandy beach which is perfect for walking. Parking is plentiful and easy with spaces available along the main road that runs parallel with the beach.
Ayr boasts great eating and shopping attractions as well as three public golf courses: Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling.
By Car: From Glasgow take the M8 then the A77. From the South, A74, A70, A713 onto A77 into Ayr. There is limited free parking at the residence, no parking reservations are allowed and is subject to space availability on arrival.
By Train: Ayr Station is 15 minutes walk from Ayr Residence and there are buses at the station.
By Bus: The X77Glasgow Prestwick Airport is served by Stagecoach Western X77. Express Service and operates to/from Glasgow Buchanan Street Station. This is a direct service which stops outside the airport on the A79
By Air: Prestwick International Airport is only 10 minutes from Ayr and has its own train station and Glasgow Airport in 40 minutes away.
Paisley and Glasgow are just over forty minutes away by train on the west coast lines.
Ayrshire was briefly occupied by the Romans during the reign of Antonius Pius and later formed part of the British Kingdom o Strathclyde, which was incorporated into the Kingdom of Scotland in the 11th century.The Battle of Largs in 1263 saw the Scots successfully drive off the Norwegian leidang-army.
The town of Ayr was established as a royal burgh in 1205 and was Ayrshire's central marketplace and harbour throughout the Medieval Period. The name 'Ayr' is derived from a pre-Celtic word meaning "watercourse". In 1652 the town was used by Oliver Cromwell's men as a base and fortress. Cromwell established a large fortress along the mouth of the River Ayr, building walls around the southern area of the river's mouth. These walls remain largely in place to this day.