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For over 800 years Ayr has been a Royal Burgh and has a fascinating history. A bustling seaside town on Scotland’s west coast Ayr is just 35 miles south of Glasgow and is famous as being the birthplace of Robert Burns, the national bard, who was born in Alloway Village in Ayr in 1759. You can visit his birthplace - Burns Cottage, Alloway, Ayr, - where you can walk round the cottage and visit the museum dedicated to him. A walk around the Auld Kirk and Brig O'Doon, immortalised in his epic and hilarious poem, Tam O'Shanter is a pleasant way to while away an hour or two. There is a gift shop and coffee shop at Burns Cottage, in addition to the Cafe and shop at the Tam O'Shanter Experience which shows a brief film about Burns and his famous poem ,and gives the uninitiated visitor some useful and entertaining background to Rabbie.
Culzean Castle and Country Park, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, is 12 miles south of Ayr and is definitely worth a visit, as is a trip over to the isle of Arran, approximately 1 1/2 hours away by ferry from Ardrossan. The sunsets over Arran from the Ayrshire coast are simply stunning.
Ayr itself is a popular seaside town with a large beach and several parks and open spaces - Craigie Park, Belleisle Park, Low Green, Old Racecourse. The Racecourse, at Whitletts Road, holds many race meeting each year including the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup. Sitting alongside the racecourse is the award winning Western House Hotel and the Princess Royal Conference Centre.
Transport to Ayr is easy with Glasgow Prestwick Airport (served by Ryanair and other budget airlines) being literally on the doorstep and a five minute train ride from the centre of Ayr town. Trains from Glasgow Central are frequent and take around 50 minutes, as are buses from Buchanan Street Bus Station. The recent upgrade of the A77/M77 has made the route between Ayr and Glasgow much easier, taking around 45 minutes to drive.