With world-class golf, mile-after-mile of sandy beaches and the birthplace of renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, Ayr is a bustling seaside town on the west coast of Scotland. There’s more to Ayr than just dozens of golf courses though, including the world-famous Royal Troon, some of the best beaches in the country and museums and monuments dedicated to Robert Burns. The town has a vibrant pub, bar, café and restaurant scene, historic castles and grounds, family-friendly day trips, a 16th-century racecourse, a long-standing football side and an active community theatre, ensuring that you’ll never be left wondering what to do in Ayr. Plus, our hotels in Ayr are well-placed, so you can take in all the action the town has to offer.
Things to do in Ayr
Built at a cost of £75 million in 2005, Ayr Central is the leading shopping centre in Ayrshire. There are over 20 high street brands and stores inside the covered centre, including Debenhams, Next, Primark, Topman and Topshop, as well as several cafés and coffee shops. Ayr Central is open from 9am to 6pm daily, and until 7pm on Thursdays, with 450 onsite car parking spaces available.
Just 15 minutes away by car, bus or train from Ayr, Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a decent-size international airport that flies to dozens of destinations, including Ibiza, Rome and Barcelona. You can make your travel even easier by staying the night before or after your journey at our Ayre/Prestwick Airport hotel.
Around 41 miles from Ayr, Glasgow Airport is the largest airport in the region with international and domestic departures and connecting flights across the world. The cheapest and most direct way to travel from the airport is by train, taking just under an hour with no connections, while driving will take around 45 minutes. You can always book in to stay the night before at one of our hotels near Glasgow Airport.
Opened in 1886, Ayr Train Station has four platforms and regular services to Glasgow, Girvin, Stranraer and Kilmarnock. There’s a café, shop and ticket counter in the station, and it’s about a mile from our Ayr Racecourse hotel.