Ayrshire is packed with Golfing History and has a couple of current Open Championship venues in Royal Troon and Turnberry. Royal Troon hosts the Open Championship Old Course along with the Portland Course and the Craigend Course, a 9 hole Par 3 course that is great for family golf.

royal troon

The sea is ever present when golfing in Ayrshire - as you can see from this shot from Royal Troon, where the seawinds often make the links golf a real challenge !

royal troon and the sea

The first ever Open Championship was played at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860.

plaque showing first open at prestwick

Other courses in the area include Glasgow Gailes, Western Gailes, Prestwick St Nicholas, Dundonald Links, Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf course.

There is lots to do in Ayrshire. Culzean Castle is well worth a visit, along with its surrounding Country Park. You can also visit Burns Cottage, which was the home of the famous Scottish Poet Robert Burns, who penned such memorable poems as Auld Lang Syne (now sung at New Year worldwide), "To a Haggis" and Tam O'Shanter among many more. The Ayr Racecourse is also famous for horse racing.  culzean castle Ayrshire is easy to access from Glasgow, being about a half hour drive. It can also be accessed easily from Glasgow Airport, or even more easily if you arrive at Prestwick Airport which is in the heart of Ayrshire !