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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Ayr - South Ayrshire A Great Holiday Paradise

By Frederick Hoymer

With a population of more than 46000 inhabitants, Ayr is the largest town, port as well as settlement in the Ayrshire. Ayr has held the status of a royal burgh since 1205 and is currently the administration centre for the council area of south Ayrshire. Ayr was among the four Scottish counties competing for the commemorative status of the city upon Queen Elizabeth II's golden jubilee in the year 2002.

Since 1197, when a castle was first built by the river Ayr, Ayr has been the centre of many activities. A burgh being created in 1205 by King William the lion and the first parliament of Scotland being held by Robert the Bruce in 1315, Ayr was once commonly known as Invenrair/Invenrayr.

Ayr is a land of rich history, since the time the first castle was built by the riverside of Ayr; a burgh was soon built by King William I of Scotland in 1205. Ayr held the honors to hold the first parliament in Scotland in 1315. In times past, Ayr was once more commonly called Invenrair/Invenrayr and the name still holds in some Scottish dialects.

Ayr is a coastal county lying upon the mouth of the river Ayr. Most of the land in the area is flat and low. The climatic conditions in Ayr are very mild and pleasant, with cool summers and mild winters; the county of Ayr seldom experiences any snowfall. The outlying flat terrain also makes sure that any fog or mist is also a rarity here. Ayr lies at least 35 miles to the southwest of Glasgow.

The industry has slowly flourished through time with only one major setback to the economy. The county has major trade in and out flux because of the local harbor. Through time, the county has pulled its weight through various trades like ship building, coal and copper ore export and even textile industry.

Ayr is a well connected county; three main roads serve as connections to the outside world. Ayr has its own functional railway station and though ferry service is not yet available, traveling via air is possible through Glasgow Prestwick international airport just two miles farther. Though most of the European destinations are thus accessible, the Glasgow international airport just 35 miles away allows accessibility too many other destinations across the world.

The county of Ayr has 15 primary schools all told, access to 5 secondary schools and 2 each of colleges and universities. Ayr has a sandy beach with an esplanade, popular among joggers and day trippers. Many other leisure activities are also available, either upon the beach or in Ayr's leisure centre. Of late many new tourist venues are being built, all contributing towards making Ayr one of the most favored tourism spots outside Glasgow.

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