Ayr

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Ayr is a large town and former Royal Burgh in Ayrshire. Ayr was established as a burgh by King William the Lion on 26 April 1315, the first Parliament of Scotland was held in Ayr by Robert The Bruce at St. John's Tower. Later the town was used as a base and fortress for some of his men. Cromwell built a huge wall around certain areas of the town, most of which can still be seen today, creating a citadel. Ayr is now the administrative centre of South Ayrshire council area. With a total population of around 47.000, Ayr is the 12th largest urban area in Scotland. 
 
Tourist from all over  the world are visiting Ayr. The tourism business is now one of the most important industries. A  broad variety of hotels and restaurant ensure tourists a comfortable stay in Ayr.  Ayr is served by 3 main roads, a railway station and Prestwick Airport only 15 minutes away. More information about Ayr can be found  here
 
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 Ayr Town
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Only a 7 minute walk from Ayr Beach Residence you can find Ayr town centre. The centre hosts many well known High street stores and a large range of niche shops whose specialities include fashion, arts, craft and jewellery. Information about Ayr central Shopping centre can be found here
 
You can wine and dine in a wide range of hotels, restaurants, bistros and bars are offering wining and dining, with many serving local products to suit every pocket. When it comes to nightlife,  Ayr offers a good choice of clubs and bars.The latest films can be viewed at the Odeon multi-screen cinema. The Gaiety theatre hosts several shows a week and art exhibitions.
 
'What's On' in Ayr today,  can be found here
 
Ayr Beach
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Ayr beach has been enjoyed by people of all ages through the years. From picnics and sandcastles to paddling, collecting shells and playing games, you can always find something to do.The esplanade runs from the harbour south to the river Doon.  Next to the esplanade you can find  a putting green,   a large children play area and indoor family entertainment in Pirate Pete's. From the beach Ailsa Craig, Ireland, the Mull of Kintyre,  Arran and Ben Lomond can be seen. There are also plenty of parking spaces on either side of the main road that runs parallel with the beach and in the adjacent areas. The Low Green, a large grass area next to the esplanade, is used for recreation like picnics, sports and organised events. The National Cycle Route passes through South Ayrshire along the Ayr shorefront toward the new Millennium Bridge over the river Doon and on towards Greenan.
 
More information about Ayr Beach can be found   here
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Ayr Sport and Leisure
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The he Citadel Leisure centre. situated beside Ayr beach Residence provides residents and visitors swimming pools, spa, gym, exercise and other classes and a multi purpose sports hall.
 
Ayr Racecourse hosts many flat and national hunt meetings (jump racing) throughout the year and is particularly famous for the Scottish Grand National, the Ayrshire Handicap and the Ayr Gold Cup.
 
Ayrshire, often referred to as Scotland's Golf Coast, has a significant golf tradition with many of its clubs and courses having their own significant place in history, like the open championship courses at Turnberry and Troon. South Ayrshire offers 15 golf courses including Seafield, Belleisle and Dalmilling in Ayr. Information about golf in South Ayrshire can be found  here 

Robert Burns
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The Scottish poet, Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in the "auld cley biggin” that is now known as Burns Cottage in Ayr. The day of his birth is celebrated today throughout the world as Burns Night, with Burns Suppers, poems and songs, and remembrance of Scotland’s National Bard.
 
The celebrations go further than a simple appreciation of Burns poems and songs – great as they may be. Burns has come to be a symbol for Scotland and a global brand for the Scots themselves.Burns was voted the ''Greatest Ever Scot''  by television viewers in a 2009 poll and the Burns’s song ''Is there for Honest Poverty'', commonly known as "A Man's a Man for A' That", was chosen  to open the new Scottish Parliament. Yet, behind the global brand, lies a complex and surprising man, who grew from the obscurity of a small, West of Scotland village, to become perhaps the first modern celebrity.  
 
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayr and the nearby Burn’s Cottage houses the world’s most important collection of his life and works. This historic area where he set his greatest work, also contains an elegant monument and gardens created in his honour.
 
The website of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum can be found  here