Ayrshire, on the west coast of Scotland, has always been a popular short break destination and in recent years access has improved further with the growth of low cost airlines, fast ferries from Ireland and improved rail and road connections including the new M77 motorway linking Glasgow with Ayrshire.
It is now well within a couple of hours flight time of much of Europe, easily accessible from Ireland by sea and well connected by road from the south, making it the perfect short break or golf destination.
For those planning a tour of Scotland, Ayrshire is less than ninety minutes drive from Edinburgh, thirty from Glasgow and can be easily fitted into an itinerary. The Isle of Arran, a gateway to the Highlands, is connected to Ayrshire via the fifty five minute crossing on Cal Mac ferries from Ardrossan to Brodick or from Clonaig on the Mull of Kintyre.
Prestwick Airport is only a few minutes from the courses of Scotland’s West Coast Golf Links and well connected to the rest of Ayrshire by an excellent rail and road network. There are low cost Ryanair flights into Prestwick from a growing number of European airports.
A host of long and short haul carriers fly into Glasgow Airport, which is only thirty minutes from Ayrshire’s coast.
P&O Irish Ferries run fast ferries from Northern Ireland into Troon from March to September on the reliable P&O Express fast craft.
Stena Line has sailings to Stranraer from Belfast and the sailing takes about ninety minutes on the fast ferry and the drive to the heart of Ayrshire less than an hour.
Ayrshire links were built along the stretch of railway from north to south with Turnberry originally being a railway hotel. Nowadays the stations at Irvine, Barassie, Troon and Prestwick give easy access to the majority of the courses. Girvan Station is only a few miles from Turnberry itself and the line links to all national routes via the east and west coast mainline.
Whatever your preferred mode of transport Ayrshire couldn’t be easier to get to, or get around.