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Home to Scotlands famous poet, Robert Burns and of course the world’s most important golf tournament - The Open Championship!

Shortly before noon on the morning of Wednesday the 17th of October 1860, a small group of roughly dressed individuals made their way towards a pre-determined spot among the wind-strewn sandhills of Prestwick. All were dressed in rough tweed coats buttoned over baggy trousers, with "cheesecutters" or bowlers on their heads and hefty "tackety" boots on their feet, better to retain a solid grip of the Ayrshire country side. There were eight, each carrying a strange assortment of wooden implements. They march like prisoners under guard, accompanied by four members of the gentry whose role it is to make sure that none among them shall transgress. They are about to make history and play the first ever round of the Open Championship.

Dundonald Links  

Golf
The south west coast of Scotland is brimming with top class courses, such as Glasgow and Western Gailes, Dundonald Links, Lochgreen and Fullarton to name but a few. It is a real shame that for the visiting golfer who is in a headlong rush to reach Prestwick and Royal Troon, that they miss the opportunity of experiencing some of the Open qualifying venues on offer.


Souter Johnnies Inn  

Eating Out
The South west (Ayrshire) offers many great cafes, bars and nightclubs. However, this famous golfing area is also renowned for its first class cuisine. Golf Holidays Worldwide clients, say that their favourite restaurants were 'Souter Johnnies Inn' (Maybole),  'Zest' in the Gales Hotels (Irvine) and 'The Old Loans Inn' (Loans), all extremely popular with both locals and visitors alike - try for yourself!


Troon Beach  

Beach
Troon's beach is extremely popular with families, windsurfers, joggers, or those looking for a leisurely evening stroll after a day on the golf course. The parking facilities of Troon Beach are less 100 yards for the Royal Troon's clubhouse.


Brig O' Doon

Ailsa Craig

Culzean Castle
 

History & Heritage
Ayrshire is steeped in history with links to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Robert Burns. William Wallace 1270-1305, began his rise to fame by operating as an outlaw in Ayrshire. Robert the Bruce 1274-1329, born at Turnberry Castle south of Ayr, became Scotland's legendary King. Robert Burns - Please see below. 

There are over 40 castles throughout Ayrshire, many of which can be visited. The three islands Ailsa Craig (bird sanctuary), Arran and Cumbrae are only a short distance off the Ayrshire coast.  

Castles of Ayrshire and their grounds were acquired by clans that supported Scottish Kings in battle, the braver in battle, the greater the reward. Famous Ayrshire clans include: Boyd, Boyle, Bruce, Campbell, Cathcart, Craufurd, Cunningham, Hamilton, Hunter, Kennedy, Lockhart, Montgomery, Mure and Wallace.

Culzean Castle and Country Park, situated on a cliff-top near Maybole, is often described as the 'Jewel in the Crown' for the National Trust of Scotland. Kelburn, Dean and Brodick are just some of the many other well-preserved castles which are certainly worth a visit. Others which, although now ruins, have their own tales and history to tell - Eglinton, Dundonald, Greenan, Dunure, Portencross, Loch Doon and many more.


Robert Burns Cottage  

Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Born in the village of Alloway on the 25th January 1759, in a thatched cottage built by his father. You can visit the thatched cottage, referred to as the 'Auld Clay Biggin', which has been restored to its original setting as it was in the poet's time. An adjacent museum houses a unique collection of original manuscripts, including "Auld Lang Syne", paintings and personal artefacts.


Location
Prestwick airport - 20 minutes
Glasgow International airport - 45 minutes

Glasgow/Prestwick Airport GPIA, is situated less than one mile north of Prestwick in Ayrshire.

Journey times from the train station are about 5 minutes south to Ayr or 45 minutes north to Paisley & Glasgow Central.

Glasgow International Airport is situated west of Glasgow in the area of Paisley, approximately 45 minutes drive from Ayrshrie.

Trains run between Glasgow Central, Paisley, Irvine, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr every 20 minutes.

 

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