A short walk out to Turnberry Lighthouse (there is a café there, but it is supposed to be for golfers). We asked for a coffee and were allowed in! Park on the main road in front of the hotel and pick up the concrete road that winds its way through the golf course to the lighthouse.
Home for Thai eating, not far from the Ayr Harbour flats, Prestwick direction.
Ellisland Hotel and The Fox and Willow both close to the Ayr cottages.
Ayr India on the sea front and one of the few restaurants with a sea view.
The Tudor – good traditional food in a non fussy atmosphere
The Terrace (Beresford Terrace) which is more modern/formal.
Prestwick probably has the liveliest night life with plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants.
Climb Goat Fell, Arran. Jump on the train in Ayr, get on the boat at Ardrossan, bus to the start of the walk and back again. Eat on the ferry, which does hot breakfast and suppers.
Cycle round Milport – put the bikes on the train at Ayr, get the boat at Largs, 2 hour cycle around the island, boat back, ice cream at Nardini’s in Largs or fish and chips, then Train back (watch out short change over at Kilwinning on the way home, requiring carrying bikes over a bridge).
Scoot or bike along Ayr promenadel events.
Ayr Council’s holiday activities – a lot of them for just 1gbp/hour and don’t require you to be resident!!!! Dive, inflatable fun, kayak taster, netball, bouncy castle, squash, multi sports, athletics, archery. You don’t need to be locally resident to sign up.
Picnic at the Swan pond, Culzean, then go swimming in the sea (head Maidens way and take first path down to the beach)ivities/ up.
Ayr Farm Park -lots of animals, fun park & mini car circuit
Lido (open air heated pool) at New Cumnock, combined with a picnic in Dumfries House.
Glasgow Transport Museum – it’s free and great fun
Belleisle Park has the best play park, particularly on windy days when the Ayr front playground is too windy
Belleisle golf training during summer holidays. 2 hours each morning for a week.
Prestwick Sailing club run sailing courses during school holidays.
For Rainy Days
Ice skating rinks at Ayr Irvine & Kilmarnock
Glasgow indoor climbing and skiing
Ayr Ten Pin Bowling
Ayr, Prestwick and Troon all have public baths with inflatables at certain times.