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At Ayr's friendly Tourist Information Centre in The Sandgate you'll discover a brochure all about Walking Tours around Ayr. The website address is at the bottom of this page.
The word around town and on Tripadvisor's Ayr forum is that the walks are very enjoyable and popular with tourists, and even locals who want to know a bit more about the history and tales of the town of Ayr that dates back to medieval times.
Here's a link to the most up to date reviews by people who have been on one of the walks:
Here are a selection of comments on the tours so far:
From Tripadvisor Burns Cottage reviews Sept 07
"I call it the Robbie Burns walking tour. Donald - WOW ! He is Robbie
Burns ! Dressed in period costume and quite charming, mostly walked
backwards whilst telling the tale of poor Tam. He puts you right there
with Tam !! and he was kind enough to explain to this Texan what parts
I didn't understand...I cannot recommend this highly enough ! The scenery is breathtaking and you live the tale !
Thank you, Donald !!!!!"
From Tripadvisor reviews Sept 07
"He was happy to make the effort, even though there were just the two of us, and we had a very enjoyable couple of hours. I won't spoil it for folks, other than to say that getting to go up the St John Tower was probably worth the money on its own...............He has a hunger for the history and culture of the place and is working hard to promote all Ayr has to offer (i.e. not just Burns). I wish him luck and would recommend this tour for both visitors and curious locals."
From Tripadvisor reviews 07"With a few hours to spare in Ayr I found that I could do a very pleasant walking tour around the town and pick upsome history and perspective on the place. A relaxed and enjoyable way to become aware of so much in the extremely engageing company of Donald Kay. Well worth doing"
From the Ayrshire Post Sept 06 :
'I had an incredibly interesting tour around Ayr the other day. The tour was conducted by Donald Kay called Walkabout Auld Ayr Town.........He is full of knowledge and made it wheelchair friendly too.'
From Tripadvisor Ayr Forum 06:
'We did enjoy Ayr. Not knowing much about the city we hired the Walkabout Tour guide. Nice fellow and he told us a lot about the history of the town. Met some really nice people in the pubs too..........A bit of a character is a perfect way to describe him...he was a very likeable fellow.'
From the man himself :
'The tour is wheelchair friendly, I have first level in finger spelling for the hard of hearing and access to an interpreter, and will shortly have the main parts of the tour in five different languages - French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish'
There are also tours of Robbie Burns birthplace of Alloway (just a stone's throw from Ayr in the Burns National Heritage Park), for fans of the Scottish Bard.
If you would like some more information then check out the website at the bottom of the page. Tours can be easily booked through the Tourist Office on Ayr's Sandgate, or by phoning direct.
From the internet:
Donald Kay offers fascinating tours of Ayr exploring the rich history of the town as it developed from two streets into the 800 year old Royal Burgh you see today.
Your charming costumed tour guide provides a riviting commentary about Ayr’s many distinguished residents and visitors - Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell, Maggie Osborne, John Macadam and others. Learn about the life of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, visiting the places where he lived, worked, ate, drank and slept and visiting many of the places immortalised in the Bard’s poems.
Walkabout Auld Ayr Tours depart from Queen’s Court, Sandgate opposite the Ayr Tourist Information Centre and the Rabbie Burns Tours depart from outside Burns Cottage in Alloway by Ayr. Sensible walking shoes, umbrella are advised. Tours are wheelchair friendly. Update - there is now an early evening tour with whisky tasting included. Best check the official website for the most up-to-date information as it may change depending on the season.
(Tip: check the local press for details of occasional guided walking tours by local Ayr Groups)