Scottish Links Golf
a different game
AFSD - how to determine
the real length of a golf course
Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay...
Kilmarnock "Barassie" Prestwick
Royal Dornoch, Brora, Nairn, Castle Stuart...
Just east of Edinburgh
Scotland's Golf Coast
North Berwick, Muirfield, Gullane...
St. Andrews area
Out of the way, but worth a play
Great links golf for everyone
What others say
It's easy for the independent golfing traveler to experience and enjoy Ayrshire.
How rich is Ayrshire in golf courses? There are 32 golf courses within a 20 minutes drive from the town of Ayr, the largest town in Ayrshire. And because the Gulf Stream lies off the coast here and keeps the greens frost-free, golf can be played all year. Ayrshire is historic and picturesque. If you're a Robert Burns fan, this is the place to be. And for the golfer...well, Ayrshire's links-fringed coast is a feast.
The town of Ayr is our base for golfing in this part of Scotland. The Royal Burgh (say boor-ah) of Ayr is the capital of Ayrshire, and is ideally positioned for all of your activites in this area. The local Tourist Information Centre is located in the Burns House, Burns Statue Square in Ayr. They have Ordnance Survey Maps of the area and lots of good info to enhance your stay. Prestwick International Airport is only a short drive away.
And here's something to get you started on some of the great golf in this area.
Where to Stay in Ayr
Many good B&Bs in the area. Here's some we personally like. Each offers first-rate lodging at comfortable rates. All are in the town of Ayr and all are 4-star rated.
Where to Eat in AyrThe town of Ayr offers many good eating places. You'll have no trouble finding them. We always find that asking our lodging hosts gives us the best suggestions. If you are staying at any of the above places in town, a short 5 minute walk will bring you to the Tudor Inn, a simple and attractive eatery with good food and good prices.
Mary-Alice suggests ...
On your way to Turnberry visit Culzean Castle (pronounced cul-EEN), a 30 minute drive south of Ayr. The stunning building sits on a cliff above the sea. The Park surrounding the castle has been described as "Britain's most beautiful." But this Scottish National Trust property is also famous for another reason. General (later President) Eisenhower was given an apartment in the castle as gratitude for his commanding of Scottish troops in World War II. To visit his rooms and see his eyeglassses on his desk and the photos and memorabilia of his times at Culzean is a moving experience. Easy to find, Culzean is clearly signposted along the roads.
In Alloway, 2 miles south of Ayr, is the Burns National Heritage Park where you can experience the romance and the genius of one of Scotland's great literary figures. The Park is a collection of some of the most famous Burns-related sites in the area, including his birthplace, the Burns Cottage, and the museum.
Good websites -- www.burnsheritagepark.com,
|One of Great Britain's premier racetracks is in Ayr. Officially founded over 200 years ago, racing probably took place on that site as far back as the 16th Century. The track is open most of the year, so check the schdeule when you're there.|