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Ayr is a small, old-world Scottish town set on the north western Firth of Clyde banks. The shimmering, deep blue waters sway out onto the magical Isle of Arran - which can be spotted on a clear day from Ayr’s sandy beach. The town is speckled with marvellous, stately buildings, from the white-colonnaded hall to the gothic-styled black-stone Wallace clock tower. Endearing amber-stone churches hide amongst Ayr’s cobbled streets, themselves lined with independent boutiques - perfect for the specialist shopper.

Things to see

Ayr’s town centre is awash with curiosities, from the modern, glass-walled shopping centre - which teems with designer clothing outlets - to the old black-painted lanterns that hang over independent bijou bakeries, chocolatiers and taverns. In the centre, a refined brass statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns proudly stands - who was born just south of Ayr - as though welcoming you into Ayr’s friendly streets. Climb the stone steps of Wallace Tower - an early 19th century neo-gothic clock tower - which boasts mesmerising views over the smooth, grey-slated terrace roofs and sharp spearing church towers of Ayr’s skyline. After, amble around the Wellington Square Gardens, a flower-flecked, statue-studded green space which makes for a relaxing afternoon. Finally, toward evening, stroll along Ayr’s fine, unblemished sandy beach, before retiring to the centre to eat some fresh-caught, simmering salmon or peppered whitefish, which are abundant in the River Ayr.

Hotels in Ayr

Ayr’s hotels offer splendid 4-star service and comfort set in courtly 19th century buildings with adjoining gardens, in-house bars stocked with the finest whiskey, and enormous king-size rooms complete with old-fashioned wooden 4-poster beds. Ayr’s more affordable accommodation takes the form of guesthouses and B&Bs, which are plentiful. Here, friendly family-run service compliments the quiet cosy rooms and homely vibe. For a really traditional stay in the heart of Ayr’s local culture, several centuries-old timbered Inns offer convenient rooms at a very modest price.

Where to stay

For a holiday immersed in history and true Scottish culture, central Ayr is the ideal location. The narrow cobbled streets are easily navigable and absolutely full of hidden architectural wonders. Central Ayr is also perfect for shoppers, with the shopping centre and bijou boutiques at your doorstep. Stay slightly north of Ayr in the suburb of Alloway, a small verdant village full of thatched cottages and tree-lined footpaths, which makes for an idyllic romantic getaway. The northern town of Prestwick - which adjoins Ayr - is conveniently located beside an international airport, and also offers dozens of golf courses.

How to get to Ayr

Descend through Scotland’s crystal-clear skies into Glasgow Prestwick Airport - a small but international airport which serves many European destinations and offers a handful of transatlantic flights. From there, regular and friendly shuttle buses provide smooth rides into Ayr, or affordable cabs can drive you the short 4 miles to the town centre. Ayr can be speedily reached by car, with the A77 and A70 running to Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively. Ayr’s whimsical red-bricked railway station provides regular services throughout Scotland and direct services to Newcastle, where connecting trains race down to London and throughout England.