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I stay around 8 miles from Ayr so we often take a trip down to the beach with the children for a little time out of the house. We stay in a village that is close to Ayr, Prestwick and Troon meaning we have a choice of beaches to visit and Ayr is by far our favourite. **Parking** Most of town centre is pay per hour for your parking so I was surprised on our first visit that along the length of Ayr beach roughly about two miles worth of parking space. This is completely free and unless you go on a really hot day you will find it rather easy to find a space. **Cleanliness** I find that Ayr is one of the cleanest beaches in Ayrshire each morning it is cleaned of litter and generally kept nice and fresh. The beach is lovely and sandy there are area of rocks and stones but these are minimal and on the whole the beach is full of lovely sand. This makes it perfect for building sand castles, having picnics and generally relaxing while the children enjoy themselves. We find although the water is not perfect it is great for paddling and on warmer days my children and I often go for a paddle in the sea .There are bins scattered around the area and also benches on the opposite side of the road to enjoy the lovely views and great for picnics. The steps and ramps that lead to the beach although a little steep are kept clean and clear meaning you can access the beach safely and it is a great welcoming. There is a lot of dog walkers that like to walk along Ayr beach and I was a little worried there would be dog mess everywhere but generally the owners are responsible and the mess is cleared up although I have seen a few people that have no care for others and let their dog do their business and then just walk away. **Views** When the weather is nice the beach offers lovely views across to Arran which when the sun is setting in particular really are outstanding. As long as you go when it is not too busy the whole area is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views of both the beach, sea, Arran and the countryside surrounding. It is peaceful and lovely for walking along, cycling or picnics and fun. **Local amenities** Ayr beach is around a ten minute walk away from the town centre meaning you can enjoy the beach and then take a walk in to town for food or shopping. There is a kiosk that sits opposite the beach which sells snack, buckets and spades and sweeties meaning you do not have to go too far if you have forgotten something. Also close by is pirate Pete's which is an indoor play area so if the weather turns bad there is always something for the children to do this includes a small fair area next door to it that although only has a few rides is perfect for younger children.There is a large green area across the road from the main area of the beach which in the summer is hoist to fairs, the circus, and country dancing and is great for family fun like playing ball games or just generally playing about. There is also an arcade about a five minute walk away from the beach and a number of restaurants and fish and chip shops if you get hungry. One of the best things close by to the beach is the play park which is located just across the road it is huge and has lots of different sections for different age ranges.There is a play area with swings a small climbing frame with a slide and a few other rockers and such for the younger children to play. For the older children there is a zip line, a huge climbing frame with long shoots for them to slide down and lots of other activities including spinning chairs and swings. My children absolutely love this park it is covered with sand which adds to the beach feel and really is a great park for any child we often drive to Ayr beach just for the park itself even of the weather is not nice enough to spend the day on the beach. **Negatives** My only downside is when the sun even shows slightly everyone runs for Ayr beach meaning even on a fairly warm day it is swamped with visitors and the space that we love suddenly disappears. This has an impact on all the local amenities meaning if it is a nice hot day we often visit Prestwick beach instead as it is a lot quieter and you are able to enjoy yourself a lot more. **Getting there** As it is a ten minute walks from Ayr town centre it is easily accessible by busses which run regularly from many different areas of Scotland. If you are driving it is perfect to get too from Troon, Prestwick, Irvine and many other local areas as well as from Glasgow and Edinburgh We found it to be sign posted well and easy to find once you enter Ayr. As the train station is located in the middle of Ayr town centre this means it is only a fifteen minute walk from the train station to the beach making it easy to get to from just about anywhere and as there are many things to do close by including golf you really can make a full day of it. **Overall** We absolutely love Ayr beach it is a lovely clean beach with plenty of space to enjoy yourself. Even when the tide is in there is a fair amount of beach left to enjoy and it is a really relaxing day out. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a beach in Ayrshire there is lots to do nearby if the weather turns bad. The beach and the park are our favourites although there is something for everyone nearby. I would say if you are ever in the area to check the beach out even if it is for a short time although we could easily spend a whole day there.
Whilst seeing the beautiful sights, national parks and locks in Scotland was great, both me and my partner agreed that to make it an even better holiday we could see the sea! We did this in two main locations Ayr and St Andrews. Our day in St. Andrews was okay but we could not really enjoy the beach because it was freezing! and windy! (Yes I know Scotland is like that most of the time...) But our day in Ayr was glorious ... the hottest day of the holiday thankfully. We arrived on the seafront, parked up for free which is always a bonus not having to pay out quite a bit or rush back for a certain time. There isn't much along the coastline like some resorts that have arcades and rides etc but there was an adventure playground, public toilets and most importantly Ice-cream Shop/Cafe. We enjoyed a long stroll down the sandy beach and back and a sit down looking at the sea with an ice-cream. After we had finished we went for a walk around the shops at the centre of Ayr. It was near the end of our holiday so we went looking for some small gifts and souvenirs to take home with us for the family. It was only a 10 minute walk from where we had parked. it took us a little time to find as we ended up in the bus station to begin with. There were quite a few main high street stores as well as smaller businesses. I purchased a lovely necklace for my sister and my partner bought some shortbread. In the same shop we bought the shortbread the shop keeper gave us some rock sweets that we were not sure whether or not buy! Nice guy its not very often you get given sweets in a shop! Most of the people we came across and spoke too were helpful and friendly making it a good afternoon. We did see some parking officers going around giving tickets in pay and display area between the coastline and the shops which made us a bit nervous encase where we had parked was pay and display. It wasn't! Phew! So if you do drop off into Ayr double check where is free and where isn't. If you're in a pay and display I wouldn't take a chance on not paying its not really worth it. I would suggest visiting Ayr on a dry or a warm day! If it had been pouring down with rain we wouldn't have really had anywhere to take shelter apart from the shops. We generally head into arcades and things when we go to the seaside and its not very nice. Hope this review is helpful.
Ayr is a coastal town in Scotland. It has a huge beach which runs from the River Doon to the River Ayr. The beach is around a 15minute walk from the shopping area of Ayr. Local attractions include various fish and chip shops, a huge play park and sports centre. We visit Ayr twice a year and usually once during the Summer if there is ever a sunny day in Scotland! The beach is a great length and runs from the harbour all the way along the coastline. If it isn't a pleasant day we often walk along the promenade which gives amazing reviews over the water without getting sand in your shoes! It is a scenic walk which is very relaxing and normally quiet as the road rarely seems busy. The beach itself is beautifully clean and well maintained. The walls, steps and ramps are in great condition and safety is key. I have never been when the tide has been fully in but when it goes out it extends far and reveals a gorgeous golden sand beach. It is pretty and not covered in dirt or seaweed. When sunny, we like to wander down to the beach and walk from one end to the other. The sand is soft for the most part. When drenched with water and left to settle, most of the sand turns damp and dark with a worm like appearance! I find this hard to walk on without my shoes! Pools of water form around the beach which is natural but I feel it spoils the overall look of the beach. I'm not keen on sand between my toes but this sand is nice enough. There is occasionally some pretty shells to collect which we like to do when we visit. The water is freezing and apparently safe to swim in when the tide is low and the weather nice. It does get choppy when there is rain and winds but I wouldnt think anyone would go near the beach at this time! When it is sunny and warm, we like to paddle in the shallow area of the water. I find that this is sufficient water for us to play about in without risking going further in. Be careful though as we spotted a rather large jelly fish nearly enough on the sand and I wouldn't have wanted any of us to stand on that! The sand is perfect for building sand castles. The sand mixed with some water makes it very easy to scoop and mould into a bucket and build various castles and forts. Buckets and spades can be bought in various shops in Ayr. The beach is the ideal place for picnics and simply relaxing. When its a scorcher of a day, the beach is really busy with families with beach towels and baby tents. The perfect way to spend a few hours before heading for fish and chips, ice cream and spending some time at the play park. There are some delicious ice cream cabins nearby and they are reasonably priced. I can recommend Ayr beach for whether you want a relaxing walk, a jog along the shore, a picnic or a splash in the sea. Ayr Beach (in my opinion) is one of the nicest coastal beaches in Scotland. It is more relaxed than the popular Blackpool beach. Thanks for reading. Please note this was a short review posted as a part of a journal on IGOGO under my different username.