Just 35km from Glasgow and still retaining much of its Victorian architecture with many characteristics of a rich historic harbour town, the town combines its history with modern and cultured city life. Ayr holds several attractions for visitors including the Robert Burns' Birthplace Museum and the beach, which is sandy and clean with facilities and activities for any age. This fine city also makes for a great shopping location with the Central Shopping Centre and Heathfield Retail Park offering all the high street names.
Ayr United FC currently plays in Scottish Division 1 and have previously reached the finals in the Scottish league. The racecourse here is the largest capacity racing ground in Scotland and hosts some of the biggest events on the calendar. The surrounding areas are also well known for good golfing facilities with three public courses available as well as St Cuthberts, a private members golf course. There is also an ice rink at Limekiln Road.
The River has historically been key to industry within the area, with ship and barge building being the main industry in the 19th century. Today, the north side of the harbour is still an operating commercial port, used heavily for the exportation of coal. Additionally the Rivers Ayr and Doon are rich in whitefish and salmon, which are also exported to all corners of the globe.