Geography of Ayr
Lying on the eastern shores of the Firth of Clyde, Ayr is a seaside resort
and harbour town facing the impressive Isle of Arran. It has two distinct faces,
the seaside harbour face and the hinterland, facing the industrial heartland
of Ayrshire. The coastline is rugged, with lots of breathtaking cliffs and rolling
Ayr's origins were as an L-shaped settlement, with Sandgate marking the western
line beyond which the sand dunes threatened to inundate the town, and High Street
running inland, parallel to the River Ayr. This pattern persists and today,
and the junction between these two main streets is home to Ayr's most prominent
landmark, the spire of the Town Hall, built in 1832.
For a while the River Ayr was probably crossed by a ford. As early as 1250,
a timber bridge had been built a short distance upstream of the ford. This was
rebuilt in stone in 1470 and remains standing today. Open to pedestrians, the
Auld Brig is one of Ayr's most distinctive features.
For more info on cheap hotels in Ayr why not read more of our guides.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Western House Hotel
Western House Hotel and 15 days parking
Fairfield House Hotel
Ramada Jarvis Ayr
Quality Hotel Ayr
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