Things to do in Prestwick

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About Prestwick

The coastal town of Prestwick, is Scotland's oldest baronial burgh, dating back over a thousand years. The Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, is said to have drunk water here, and Bruce's Well can still be seen today.


Prestwick offers a full range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and one of the largest indoor bowling stadiums in Europe as well an excellent tennis and leisure club which has indoor and outdoor courts. Prestwick bay is popular with dinghy sailors and windsurfers.

Shopping in Prestwick

The Main Street of Prestwick provides an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and bistros and a variety of independent shops to browse through.

Transport links

Prestwick has first class transport connections – direct dual carriage way links to the A77; UK and European air links through Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Ryanair's West of Scotland hub. Both the airport and town centre are frequent stop stations on the Glasgow – Ayr railway line.

Golf courses in Prestwick

Prestwick is the birthplace of The Open - the first ever British Golf Open Championship was held at Prestwick Golf Course in 1860. Golf continues to be played over this course and at Prestwick's St Nicholas and St Cuthbert courses.


Prestwick was awarded Fairtrade Town Status in 2011. Local businesses, retailers, caterers, organisations and schools are providing Fairtrade products in Ayr.