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      12.01.2010 18:38
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      Prestwick, Ayrshire - well worth a visit

      Prestwick is a seaside town in Ayrshire, on the south-west coast of Scotland. Ayrshire is very famous for being the birthplace of Robert Burns and is a very popular tourist destination. Prestwick town is also very conveniently situated to the south-west of Prestwick Airport.

      Apart from it's international airport, Prestwick is best known for being the home of the very first Open Golf Championship which was held in 1860. This was played on the old golf course, which I am lucky enough to look out on from my front window.

      Prestwick is a town steeped in history, being the first royal burgh in Scotland, it is over 1000 years old. Being such an old town means there are some amazing ancient sites to visit.

      One of my favourites is the ruined church of St Nicholas, which was built in the 12th century. Once again I am very spoiled as this is just across the road from me. It sits in a raised position on a small hill and is surrounded by graves. The graves include those of covenanters and even more fascinating is the recently discovered plaque with a maltese cross on it stating that within the grounds is the grave of a Knight's Templar.

      Prestwick town centre is awash with small independent shops, which is unusual in these times of superstores and retail parks. Wondering along the High Street, you will find small shops filled with, shoes, babywear, women's clothing, hardwear, art and things for the home. I must admit that these shops are more expensive that your superstores, but you will find some lovely and sometimes unusual items in them.

      Prestwick has a lovely beach and there are play parks for the kids along the beachfront too. There is also an indoor play centre called Go Bananas, which is great fun for the smaller kids when the weather isn't great.

      Prestwick is a lovely place to visit, it has plenty of historical interest and is surrounded by glorious countryside. It has links to golf and to Robert Burns and is a great place to base yourself when exploring all Ayrshire has to offer.

      In my opinion, Prestwick is well worth a visit!

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