Local Area

The Royal Burgh of Ayr is set among some of Scotland’s most impressive scenery, and looks out across the Firth of Clyde. There’s plenty of shopping with both high street and independent retailers and a great selection of restaurants and cafés to choose from.

Alloway is a leafy suburb of Ayr in south Ayrshire, birthplace of Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), Scotland’s national poet.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum includes the famous Burns Cottage where he was born, landmarks included in his work, the Burns Monument and Memorial Gardens and the fantastic museum that holds some of his most important collections of work. These include letters and manuscripts, the pistol he carried while an exciseman and a lock of his hair. Burns set much of Tam o’Shanter here.

The Brig o’ Doon, the 15th century hump-backed bridge over which Tam is forced to flee for his life, still stands, curving gracefully over the river, as does the ruins of Alloway Kirk where his father William is buried.

ayrshire_golf45 Alloway is perfectly situated for golf in Ayrshire. As well as the Champioship courses at Troon and Turnberry and Prestwick Golf Club where the first Open Championship was played on 17 October 1860 there is a course to suit every taste and ability within easy driving distance. With both Links and Parkland Courses to play from Troon in the north to Girvan in the south, each course boasts individual character and varying degrees of difficulty.