Prestwick Tourist Information

St Nicholas Church, Prestwick

St Nicholas Church, Prestwick

Prestwick, the oldest Scottish Royal Burgh, is positioned directly on the South Ayrshire coastline in the South West coast of Scotland and is home to Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport to its North East. Just a few miles away you’ll find the towns of Ayr, Troon and Kilmarnock.

What’s Prestwick Like?

Prestwick is situated on the coast of the Firth of Clyde, its name originating from two words meaning priest and farm, presumably owing to a religious house being previously built in this area. Prestwick adjoins the town of Ayr and records indicate that a settlement has existed in this area for over a thousand years. Indeed its history is fascinating – many historic figures from Scotland’s history are reputed to have travelled this coastline.

About Prestwick

Fans of outdoor activities will find plenty to do here. Golf is of particular interest as Prestwick Old Course was the first ever location of the Open Golf Championship (played in Prestwick from 1860-72). And now there are two additional courses to choose from. Combined with the facilities in the town’s large central park which are perfect for both indoor and outdoor sports, and Prestwick is a great location for lovers of the active outdoors. Prestwick is also home to one of the biggest indoor bowling facilities in Europe and there’s plenty for the kids to do too – the esplanade running parallel to Prestwick Bay which is full of all-weather activities for children – from outdoor playgrounds to an indoor play centre. And the bay is also much used by dinghy sailors and windsurfers.

Sites of historical interest in Prestwick and its surrounding area include the ruins of St Nichols Church, Bruce’s Well behind St Ninian’s Church (where Robert the Bruce was reputed to have drunk from its water and subsequently been cured of leprosy), the Shaw Tower near to the airport (reputedly built by the Laird of Shaw to allow him to watch falconry, though other stories of its origin do exist too), and the salt pan building – where salt was traditionally extracted from sea water. Many references to the Scottish Bard abound in this area, Prestwick being close to the man’s birthplace in Alloway – this is Robert Burns country.

How to get to Prestwick

Prestwick is on the South West coastline of Scotland, and is reachable via various A roads – the A77 along the Western coast, the A70 leading further inland, and other North-bound roads to the main motorway network just past Kilmarnock. All this, the airport, and a regular train service to the town and airport (35 miles from the centre of Glasgow) mean that Prestwick is easily accessible for most travellers.

Where to stay in Prestwick

We can offer some delightful properties in the Prestwick area, whether our visitors need to take an early flight from the airport, or whether looking to stay for a longer break in one of our guest houses, holiday cottages, bed and breakfasts or hotels. Prestwick is a wonderful location for a family break so take a look at our listings below for more information on our available accommodation.