Ayr, located in South Ayrshire, is known for its local beauty. Situated on the coast, visitors will be able to enjoy fabulous views. On clear days it is even possible to see the Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. The Heads of Ayr offer superb surrounding views of the countryside and all of Ayr. There are also many fort and castle ruins within the local area as well as a portion of the wall that was built by Oliver Cromwell. Visitors will find numerous shopping and dining options throughout Ayr as well other entertainment options, including a bowling alley, cinema and nightlife venues.
Ayr has a popular sandy beach which attracts day trippers as well as health conscious joggers. Close to the beach is Ayr's leisure centre which offers many different sports for you to participate in. It also hosts a number of exhibitions and concerts in the town.
There is a racecourse at Ayr which is Scotland's largest capacity racecourse and is home to the Scottish Grand National and the Ayr Gold Cup. If your visit to Ayr is at one of these times, you will need to book your accommodation well ahead as the town fills up fast at these times. The town is also home to a football and a rugby union team. It also sees the Scottish Bowling Association finals each year.
Ayr's harbour has been transformed into a thriving waterside residential area. The centre of Ayr caters well for shoppers and includes an indoor shopping centre as well as a retail park nearer the edge of the town.
Ayr has good transport links with the rest of Scotland, including regular trains to nearby Glasgow and numerous flights from Prestwick airport.