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The town of Ayr has something of interest for all whether it being shopping, places of interest, sport or leisure activities. The High Street is amongst the top shopping centres in the West of Scotland with many of the major stores being located here.
The town itself is over 800 years old and is steeped in history. The remains of the old fort can still be seen at South Harbour, there is the Burns Trail with Burns Cottage, the birth place of Robert Burns, Burns Monument and the famous Alloway Auld Kirk which features in Burn's Poem "Tam O'Shanter".
Sport plays a major part in the town, with the Ayr Racecourse not far from the town centre with its regular meetings including the The Scottish Grand National in April and the Ayr Gold Cup in September, Ayr United Football Club, Ayr Rugby Club, numerous golf courses both in and around the town and many Bowling Green Clubs, including the famous "Northfield" which regularly hosts the World Bowling Championships.
On the leisure front, there is the Citadel Leisure Centre in South Harbour, complete with indoor swimming pool, an Odeon multi screen cinema in the town centre, the famous Gaiety Theatre, as well as the Belleisle Estate with it's marvellous flowers. Each August there is the famous Ayr Flower Show in Rozelle Estate which attracts thousands of people from all over.
In the surrounding area, there are many places of interest - Culzean Castle & Country Park, one of the Scottish National Trust properties, the famous Electric Brae (how does a car roll up hill?) and many other towns of Interest, Prestwick, Troon, Kilmarnock, Girvan, Dunure etc. A site with further details of towns and villages can be found in the Ayrshire Locality.
"The Waverly", the world's last sea-going Paddle Steamer, sails from Ayr South Harbour during the summer months. She sails "Up and Doon the Clyde" as well as visiting many of the Islands. Have a sail around Paddy's Milestone (Ailsa Craig - a volcanic plug - off the coast of Girvan) and see the variety of wild birds at the sanctuary or cruise over to Holy Isle and visit the monks, or just sit and enjoy the cruise.
The Isle of Arran is an hours sail from Ardrossan, visit Brodick Castle, climb Goat Fell or just tour the island. Ferry timetables and other information on the Ferry from Ardrossan can be found in the Caledonian MacBrayne site.
Inland from Ayr, there is beautiful scenery to be found in the Galloway Forest Park around Loch Doon and Glen Trool, a great walking area. but do make sure you are properly equipped - the weather in these parts can change very quickly.
At Loch Doon there is a Dark Skies Observatory which is worth a visit.