On 1st August 2007, the University of Paisley and Bell College merged to create Scotland?s biggest modern university with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley. With more than 18,000 students and 2,000 staff members, the University offers an extensive range of programs from degree and certificate level to MSc. The University has seven academic schools, each providing a range of subject-specific programs. The Schools include including business;computing;education;engineering and science;health, nursing and midwifery;media, language and music;and social sciences.
AYR is Scotland's premier racecourse, hosting both Flat and National Hunt fixtures. Normally holding at least 25 days racing every year Ayr is host to the Scottish Grand National, the Ayr Gold Cup and a host of other valuable races during it's 12 month racing programme. The highlight of the jumping season is undoubtedly the Scottish Grand National, held in April, just a couple of weeks or so after the Aintree equivalent with many top performers taking in both races. None have so far emulated the great Red Rum who won both races in 1974. OUR first full year as owners at Ayr Racecourse has been a rewarding one, with great races, good meetings and increased attendances. It's always pleasing to see bigger crowds coming back to Ayr.
Prestwick Golf Club extends a warm welcome to all Golfers from all around the World wishing to come and enjoy our testing traditional Links. We are situated just half an hour south west of Glasgow on the famous golfing Ayrshire coast. A stretch of land unequalled anywhere in the world for prime golfing terrain. Prestwick Golf Club is a relaxed and friendly club that enjoys hosting golfers from all around the World. Visitors are encouraged to use their temporary membership to its full capacity, and enjoy the full lunch in the lavish Dining room or just a snack in the relaxed Cardinal room.
Prestwick Airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and the disabled. Public transportation to and from the airport is reliable and frequent with a choice of trains, coaches, buses, taxis and car hire. Those wishing to drive to the airport will find it easily accessible and well sign posted from the access roads. The airport offers a range of both short and long stay parking. Prestwick airport has one main terminal and serves over 4 different airlines to over 20 destinations handling over 1.9 million passengers a year. The airport is located 35 minutes south west of Glasgow city centre, off the A77. From the city centre take the M77 south out of Glasgow, follow until it changes to the A77. The airport is north of the town of Ayr between Prestwick and Monkton (and east of the A77).
Founded in 1878 by a few enthusiasts Troon Golf Club soon outgrew its purely local reputation. The Old Course today presents a stern golfing examination and in particular the inward half of Royal Troon is widely accepted as the most demanding of any Course on the Championship rota. OLD COURSE:One of the great links courses in Scotland, the Old Course is a challenging test of golfing ability. PORTLAND COURSE:Although a links course, the Portland is a little more sheltered than the Old Course and, of course, shorter. PAR 3 COURSE:The Par 3 Course consists of nine holes and the small greens present a series of tricky targets.
Western Gailes Golf Club, founded in 1897, is situated on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland where many of the finest Scottish golf links are located and is only 4 miles from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport. It is recognised as one of the finest and true links courses in Scotland measuring 6714 yards from the championship tees. The course has played host to the Curtis Cup, PGA Championship, Seniors and prestigious Scottish Amateur Championship. It is also one of the final qualifying courses when The Open is played at Turnberry or Royal Troon.
It’s a place that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each Spring and Summer, swelling the weekly population by 150%. They come for the world class golfing at Royal Troon and Turnberry, for salmon and trout fishing, sailing, grouse shooting, horse racing not to mention to explore historic sites from the impressive Culzean Castle to numerous other castles and the birthplace of Robert Burns, and for the stunning sea views. Golf and Robert Burns put Ayr on the map, but the area's unique charms have kept it there. Rolling hillsides, dramatic coastline and even some of Scotland's famous islands are all within easy reach of Ayr's old town and its architecture stretching back 500 years.The Brigs of Ayr, as immortalised in the Burns poem of the same name, still stretch over the River Ayr. The nearby Burns National Heritage Park contains the birthplace of the great man as well as a museum dedicated to his honour. Place your bets at Ayr Racecourse or enjoy a round of golf at Turnberry or Royal Troon Golf Course. Walkers can explore the surrounding region's famous hills, islands and coastline.