Day 115 : Ayr – Irvine

Ayr is a fine seaside town with a good town centre and a two mile stretch of sandy beach. It also has a racecourse where the Scottish Grand National is run every year.


Scotland’s greatest poet, Robbie Burns was born close to Ayr at Alloway where he lived for the first seven years of his life. There is an interesting museum maintained by the Scottish National Trust.

I leave Ayr by the docks to the north side of town, this is the more industrial side of Ayr. Just past the docks are some derelict concrete warehouses which I quickly pass and then walk alongside the golf course.


Prestwich is probably best known for its International Airport serving Glasgow and Edinburgh. Its claim to fame is that Elvis Presley touched down here on his way to Germany from the United States. It is also a quiet seaside town with a pretty promenade.


I pass two more golf clubs today, Prestwich & Royal Troon. Troon has a total of seven golf courses nearby. This stretch of coastline seems to be a mecca for golfers.


As I walk towards Troon there are quite a lot of people about especially kite and wind surfers. It is quite breezy and the sea seems to be quite choppy. Troon also has a harbour and a sailing centre.


At Irvine Bar I  notice a footbridge across the River Irvine to a study centre. The footbridge seems to be rolled in an open position and looks as if it has not been used for a log time. What I thought was a study centre was the Big Idea Museum which was set up in 2000 but then closed three years later due to the low number of visitors. They are still undecided what to do with it, maybe rename it the “No Idea” museum.