A warm welcome to Ayrshire and Arran, home of the 7th Annual UK Mega Event on 2nd August 2014. Located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire & Arran is one of the most agriculturally fertile regions of Scotland. Its principal towns are Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine.
In fact, we're so proud of our 80 miles of stunning coastline and acres of rolling countryside that we wanted you to explore the county from Largs in the north, to Loch Doon in the east and Ballantrae in the south. An added bonus are the islands of Arran and the Cumbraes which lie just off this wonderful coastline. You won't be disappointed!
The area used to be heavily industrialised, with steel making, coal mining and production line manufacturing. Nowadays, the economy is mainly based on agriculture, the service industries and tourism. Scotland's aviation industry is based around the international airport at Prestwick and a significant number of companies are based there. Prestwick airport is famously the only place in Britain where Elvis Presley set foot - as a GI in 1960.
The fairways of Ayrshire and Arran are steeped in prestige. Troon has hosted the British Open Golf Championship twice in the last seven years and eight times in total. Whether you are looking for links, heathland, parkland or moorland, there are courses to suit every ability and budget.
Ayrshire is the birthplace of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland. He was born in the village of Alloway on 25th January 1759, in a thatched cottage built by his father. It is difficult to move within the boundaries of Ayrshire without coming into contact or being reminded of his influence and popularity in the region.
But Burns is only one of a long list of artists, engineers, politicians, innovators and entrepreneurs whose roots lie in this small county. We hope that you will discover more about Ayrshire's famous sons and daughters during your visit.
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