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About Ayr

Hotels in Ayr

Just 37 miles from Glasgow, Ayr is a timeless beach resort in south Ayrshire that boasts clean beaches and a lush countryside. Culture trippers will be spoilt with an abundance of visual arts, museums, and year-round festivals. Ayr is the home of the legendary Robert Burns. Right near the train station is a statue of Scotland's national poet. The town is home to two famous bridges crossing the River Ayr: the 13th-century Old Bridge, and a modern New Bridge, both which find mention in Burns' 'The Brigs of Ayr' poem. Another top attraction is the Ayr Racecourse, with horse racing here dating back to the 16th century. The racecourse hosts prestigious events such as the Ayr Gold Cup and Scottish Grand National.

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What to see in Ayr

Ayr's historic centre is a great place to start, with buildings such as the neoclassical Town Hall, crowned by a 126ft high steeple. The riverside Loudoun Hall commands attention, as does the 12th-century tower—the only remnant of the Church of Saint John. Visit the 16th-century Auld Kirk, where you can see the epitaph Burns wrote for his father's grave here. Dig into a Guinness steak pie and other Scottish delicacies at the Tam O'Shanter Inn, a public house that was frequented by none other than Burns himself.

If you want more Burns, a good idea is to travel the Burns Heritage Trail weaving through various towns in south-west Scotland associated with the poet. This circular drive from Ayr includes the village of Alloway, where you can see Burns' house, now called the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Nearby is the Burns Monument and Gardens. Stroll through the gardens and admire the 70ft high Grecian-inspired monument.

There's more great trips around Ayr. For dramatic photos, head to the 16th-century Greenan Castle whose tower house appears to hang precariously over the cliffs. About 12 miles south of Ayr is Culzean Castle, another cliffside gem with 568 acres of gardens, and an armory which displays works by Antonio Zucchi and an impressive collection of pistols. Admire the 8th-century cross in Ruthwell, which measures an impressive 17ft in height. Have a closer look at the biblical figures and Latin inscriptions on this sculpture.

Where to stay in Ayr

You'll find a number of cheap hotels, hostels, and apartments in Ayr's town centre along Miller Road, Racecourse Road, Cromwell Road, and Alloway Place. Hotels along South Harbour Street and the Esplanade are close to the ocean, perfect for families and travellers looking for a tranquil getaway. A 20-minute walk from Ayr's centre is the town of Prestwick, home to Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Prestwick is also a great base for serious golfers. Further up north is the charming beach town of Troon, where you'll find attractive hotel offers.

Five miles south of Ayr is the village of Dunure, home to imposing castle ruins, a former fishing harbour, and the Dunure Labyrinth plant maze. Hikers and mountain bikers will love the riverside woodland trails in Auchincruive. Also consider booking a hotel in Dumfries, Robert Burns's last residence, and his final resting place. Full of arts and culture, the town has the world's oldest operational camera obscura, providing 360-degree views of the sprawling countryside.