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Ayr Travel Guide: 160 reviews and 258 photos

Home Sweet Home

This is the area in which I was born and have grown up. It wasn't until I travelled in other countries that I realised how lucky I was to be living here and began to appreciate the area. We have gorgeous rolling countryside as opposed to the never ending flatness of the Benelux countries and we also have a lovely coastline. This part of Scotland is often overlooked a bit tourist wise (along with the Borders on the East coast) in favour of the Highlands and Edinburgh and Glasgow. Ayrshire is south of Glasgow along the Clyde coast.


The town of Ayr itself is my nearest "big town" and although not spectacular, it IS a great base to explore the area. Its been a popular seaside resort [particularly with Glaswegians] since Victorian times and is also known for its racecourse [see sports tips] and the areas association with the poet Robert Burns.

This picture is looking down the High Street towards Wallace's Tower. This is believed to be situated on the site of a medieval tower where William Wallace was once imprisoned and then escaped from. Its 113 feet and was built in 1828.


The area around the town of Ayr is known as Ayrshire. Its worth getting out of the town and exploring some of the countryside and smaller towns and villages. A lot of this page is about places in Ayrshire rather than in town, particularly the off the beaten path tips

I have to say my favourite place in the area is Culzean Country Park near Maidens, where I took this picture. Its a beautiful place for a walk :)

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  • Kennymac's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2009 at 2:12 AM

    All kirks should be turned into pubs........lol

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2007 at 2:52 AM

    Nice photos but it would be nice if you could say where Ayr is located in the UK. Or did I miss somewhere? Good day.

  • Sep 6, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    Nice overview of Ayr Heather - niceto see that not all folk berate the place! Ive been here 16 years (a glaswegian at heart) and still loving the new experiences and country and sea -

  • Jul 22, 2007 at 6:26 PM

    hey there heather... wow cool vt site you got here! fantastic pics and great tips.... stevo, p.s be back to rate them buts its 2am and i need to sleep you see your pages kept me up, so you will have to call in sick for me tomorrow! :)) night

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2006 at 12:47 AM

    Beautiful sunset and good page!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2006 at 1:58 AM

    Hello, Heather! You have a good page here! Greetings from Ukraine!

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 12:53 AM

    A shame Ayr is less well known. I've not visited it or the Buchan area yet. Has anyone ever made a film of Robbie Burns' life? Just imagine a musical full of amorous adventures starring Ewan McGregor or even Mel Gibson! That would put Ayr on the map.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2006 at 9:16 PM

    some nice tips about a little known place to Americans. Especially enjoyed seeing the place where Rboert Burns was born. How to get there is always nice to know. thanks

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2006 at 2:24 PM

    Ayr is so pretty--I like the connection with Robbie Burns...

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2006 at 8:53 AM

    Hello Heather! Stunning page on Ayr and its surroundings. Twice I've been there for a short while on my way from Larne, Northern Ireland to London. What I saw there I liked. Could spend more time next time. Cheers, Sini

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