A Breath of fresh Ayr

  • Notable Residents

    (past & present)

    Robert Burns (Poet and Lyricist)
    King Robert the Bruce (One of the most famous warriors of his generation)
    John Loudon McAdam (The inventor of tarmac)

  • Population: 47190

    • About Ayr

      One of the biggest selling singles in British history is not based on romance, love nor lust. No, in fact, as Ayr’s residents will (probably not) want to tell you, it’s based on one the Mull of Kintyre. Yes, Sir Paul McCartney’s legendary vocals call out memories and longing to be on the Mull, which sits visible from the Ayr coastline. It’s unknown as to how much pride this instils in locals, yet its a must for any new student to take in the view whilst humming the tune. 

      As a town in itself, Ayr offers a relaxed, attractive setting for students to begin their higher education. The University of the West of Scotland, which is made up of three campuses in Ayr, Paisley and Dumfries, is one o the newest universities in Scotland. The Ayr campus caters more for the creative subjects, and features some of the finest media facilities in Scottish higher education. This gives the student body a creative air, adding to scenic campus setting on the shores of the River Ayr. Local attractions include the birthplace of Robert Burns and the famous Royal Troon golf course, and the race course offers excitement on race days.

      Points of Interest

      Map Key

      • City Centre
      • The University of the West of Scotland


      Student Accomodation in Ayr

      Nearby Universities

      Interesting Facts

      • Nearby Prestwick Airport is the only bit of Britain that Elvis actually set foot on

      • Ayr has a fantastic esplanade with a long sandy beach