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Ayr racecourse is the premier racecourse in Scotland. It is located on Whitletts Road, in the port town of Ayr, south-west Scotland, and the track is a flat, wide oval of just over one mile, four furlongs. Ayr can host both flat racing and National Hunt racing, and hosts a number of notable races, including the Ayr Gold Cup, the Firth of Clyde Stakes and the Scottish Grand National. There is year round racing, with 27 days put on a year.

There has been racing at Ayr since the 16th century, though the current course has been only recognisable as such since around 1907. It is not just about racing at Ayr though, as when it doesn't clash with the racing there are markets and car boots staged at the course on Sundays.

How To Get To Ayr Racecourse

Ayr racecourse is a comfortable drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the best way to find your way to the racecourse, is to use sat nav or an online route planner. The postcode for the course is KA8 0JE, and this should help when planning your trip using any of these methods.

There are other transport options to get to Ayr however. There is a regular, reliable rail service from Ayr to all parts of the country and the station is less than five minutes by road from the course, and taxis operate between them for the less energetic, or if the weather is bad.

International visitors can be served by Prestwick international airport, which is only ten minutes away by taxi, and the ferry from Troon, a fifteen minute drive away, can be caught to Belfast and other parts of Ireland. It is also worth knowing that there is a direct rail link from Prestwick to Ayr station, from which you can pick up a taxi to the course or even walk it.


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