• April 30, 2022

A little about Ayr – South Ayrshire

Ayr – South Ayrshire is a seaport on the Atlantic coast and the Firth of Clyde. It is on the south bank of the River Ayr and has two bridges crossing this river, the Auld Brig, which is the oldest bridge from the 13th century and is referred to in Robert Burns’ poem, and the New Bridge built in 1878 .

Ayr has a very old history and became a settlement in 1197. The resulting historic buildings can still be seen today and some of these are the outstanding Town Hall Spire, which was built in the 1930’s, the Wallace Tower, built in 1833 to Sir William Wallace, the Borderline Theatre, a former church built around 1860, and Loudoun Hall, the oldest trading house in Scotland and now restored.

Another is St John’s Tower, the ruins of a church within the Citadel built by Oliver Cromwell after 1654 when he demolished William I’s castle, and the County Building dating from 1822, now the courthouse of Ayr. In Burns Statue Square there is also a war memorial that can be seen for people to pay their respects.

There is a large port that is used as a commercial shipping port for transporting goods in and out. It is based on the north side.

For those who require accommodation, there are a good number of hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast places, self catering establishments, hostels and camping areas. There are restaurants and other places to eat and drink, several inns, one being the well preserved Tam O Shanter from the Robert Burns poem, which was once a museum but has been reopened as a pub.

There is shopping in the city with a variety of stores and businesses as well. They also have larger shops and cafes to cater to the shopper or visitor. Ayr is an interesting place to visit and there are plenty of things to see and do for all the family to enjoy.

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