But it is this unique location that makes Ayr so popular with visitors. Arriving just off Burns Statue Square, you know immediately you’re in the land of Scotland's national poet. Nearby is Burns Cottage, Robert Burns’ birthplace and now a visitor centre. Or you could stop for a refreshment in the Tam O’Shanter Inn, a thatched hostelry commemorating the famous poem. Of course there’s much more to this historic town too and Ayr Racecourse is home to the Scottish Grand National Festival. Equally well known is Ayrshire's historic variety theatre, The Gaiety, which offers comedy and music throughout the year. The nearby Newmarket Street is a shoppers’ delight, as is Queens Court, which has a number of specialist stores. Then there’s the famous Ayr seafront where you can enjoy traditional tearooms, a family fun park, or just wandering along the esplanade taking in the stunning views.
Ruins of Dunure Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland