Ayr Tourist Information

Ayr bridge

Ayr bridge

A gateway to Robert Burns Country, the Isle of Arran and the premier Ayrshire Golf Coast, Ayr is Ayrshire’s largest town, a vibrant centre on the Clyde Coast famed for its superb dining scene, castles,  country parks and best Scottish golf courses. This is Scotland’s Burns Country – the country’s National Poet was born in the leafy village of Alloway just south of Ayr town centre. His birthplace cottage, a museum, cafe, film theatre, shop and function rooms all come together in the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum experience – essential visiting for fans and those looking for the perfect introduction to the poet. The museum is home to one of the best Burns archives and collections of ‘Burnsiana’.

Surrounding Ayr are some of Scotland’s top golf courses from Royal Troon and Prestwick to the north and Belleisle and Turnberry golf courses to the south. All afford spectacular views across to the Firth of Clyde. If racing is your thing, spend the day at the home of the Scottish Grand National and Gold Cup – Ayr Racecourse hosting around 30 race meets annually, with first class conference and hospitality facilities on-site.

If you’re looking for a great family seaside holiday base on the Clyde Coast, Ayr is the perfect choice with its great sandy beaches and seaside attractions. Fishing, boat trips and water sports are widely available around harbours on the coastline and you can pick up boat trips across to the Isle of Arran (journey time is under one hour) from Ardrossan ferry port just north of Ayr.

Come and explore the Ayrshire golf coast and Burns Country for yourself. Choose from a range of B&Bs, cottages, hotels and budget caravan parks in and around Ayr, all conveniently placed for nearby Prestwick Airport. Convenient fast rail links are direct from Ayr station to Prestwick Airport, Troon and Glasgow! Book online now with iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.