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Things to do in Ayr

Discover more about Ayr and its surroundings:

About Ayr

The Royal Burgh of Ayr in the south-west of Scotland is situated on the Firth of Clyde and is the largest coastal town in South Ayrshire.

Ayr shopping

This famous county town offers excellent shopping facilities and counts branches of the main multiple stores alongside a wide range of interesting individually owned shops. Add a selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets, many serving local produce and Ayr Town Centre has everything you need for a great day out.


Energetic visitors can choose from a range of outdoor sports including tennis, bowling and golf, whilst the town's Citadel Leisure Centre, situated at Ayr Harbour, is a first class venue for indoor activities including swimming and keep fit.

Golf courses in Ayr

Ayr boasts three public golf courses – Belleisle, arguably the finest public parkland course in the United Kingdom; Seafield, located in the magnificent grounds of Belleisle, offers a classic combination of links and parkland course; and Dalmilling, set between Ayr's famous racecourse and the A77, plays over open parkland.

A stroll around one of Ayr's beautifully kept parks and gardens which include Belleisle, Rozelle and Craigie or an exhilarating walk along the seafront promenade provide a more leisurely experience.

Robert Burns

Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns, was born in Alloway, on the southern outskirts of Ayr. A visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is a must to see the poet's birthplace, Burns Cottage, the Burns Monument, Brig O'Doon and Alloway Kirk.


Ayr was awarded Fairtrade Town Status on 26 February 2007. Local businesses, retailers, caterers, organisations and schools are providing Fairtrade products in Ayr.

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