South Ayrshire | Town | ★★★

[River Ayr from the Auld Bridge]

Ayr is a key hub for southwest Scotland and a good place to visit in all weathers. It's not exactly the first destination you might think of for a day out, but the town offers a long beach, excellent shopping and an historic centre - almost like a west coast version of Aberdeen, but without the oil industry and usually a few degrees warmer. Many of the old parts aren't well publicised so have to be sought out. The 15th century Auld Brig across the wide River Ayr is still open to pedestrians, just off the High Street; medieval St John's Tower is the only remnant of Ayr's original, 14th century parish church. For a more touristy, leafier contrast, head to Alloway on the south side of town where Robert Burns was born.

[View of Ayr from Brown Carrick Hill (1/7/18)]

Location & info

📌 Ayr ★★★
South Ayrshire, G.R.: NS 338218 ///verge.customers.majority

🚶 The beach is about a 10-min walk from the town centre; Alloway is probably more easily reached by bus.
🚌 As one of the biggest towns in southern Scotland, Ayr has excellent transport connections, with trains and numerous buses from towns including Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Stranraer.
🚗 Free parking can be found towards the seafront; central car parks have a charge.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Ayr south beach ★★★
Esplanade, 10-min walk west of the centre, G.R.: NS 330217 ///retailing.onto.lucky

📌 St John's Tower ★★
Citadel Place, 5-min walk west of the centre, G.R.: NS 334220 ///spice.steps.wove
Always open (view from the street only) | Free

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Alloway - the Burns connection page: Alloway Auld Kirk ; Brig o' Doon ; Burns Cottage ★★; Burns Monument and Gardens (Alloway) ★★; Robert Burns Birthplace Museum ★★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Greenan Castle ★★ (2 mi ←)
>> Rozelle Estate ★★ (2 mi ↓)
>> Rozelle House & Maclaurin Galleries ★★ (2 mi ↓)

[St John's Tower]

[Ayr south beach]

[Wellington Square]

[Burns Monument, Alloway]


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