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The southwestern coast of Scotland is known as one of the country’s most idyllic regions, featuring a range of rolling grassy hills, golden sand beaches, and famous golf courses such as Royal Troon and Turnberry; hosts of the Open Championship. However, Ayrshire is not only home to a number of relaxing and picturesque resorts, but it also has played an important role in the cultural history of Scotland, being the birthplace of the country’s national man of letters, Robert Burns, whose childhood home is now the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

Those arriving to this part of Scotland will most likely find themselves flying into Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK), which serves the Ayrshire coastal towns of Prestwick, Ayr, and Troon, providing easy access to the local hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, and resorts via taxi, bus or car-hire. They can also provide fairly easy connections to the more distant locations like Glasgow and Turnberry, which are approximately a 40 minute drive from the airport. The Ayrshire coast is not served by a train line, so those arriving from major cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh will do so via bus or car.

Hiring a Car from Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK)

The easiest mode of transportation for travelling through Ayrshire and along the Ayrshire Coast is by car, and if you’re arriving at Glasgow Prestwick Airport then there are two main services available to you, Avis, and Europcar Rentals, both of which are leading names in the industry.

Those arriving into Ayr via bus from the city of Glasgow can also find a range of car hire services located throughout the town, including recognisable names like Enterprise and Eurodrive, as well as local services such as Arnold Clark Car and Van Rental. Rentals tend to be more difficult to secure during the busy summer season, so to ensure you get the vehicle you want, remember to book in advance.

Tour the Famous Golf Courses and Cultural Sites of the Ayrshire Coast

One of Scotland’s largest attractions is its range of historical golf courses, many of which are among the oldest courses in the sport, and play host to a number of important international tournaments. A drive along the Ayrshire coast will bring visitors to several of these courses, including the likes of Turnberry, with its Championship Ailsa Course, Prestwick Golf Club, the first site of the Open Championship, and Royal Troon Golf Club, founded in 1978.

Those less interested in the sporting history of the region can tour some of its other fantastic cultural sites, such as Burns Cottage, the Dick Institute, the stately Culzean Castle and Country Park, and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, which offers 147km of scenic coastal hiking trails, passing a variety of historical landmarks. Just keep in mind that the roads along the Ayrshire Coast and to-and-from Glasgow can become busy during the summer months, so travel off-peak when possible.

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