Passengers pulling into Ayr station on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland are greeted by the iconic Victorian grandeur of Ayr Station Hotel. Opened in 1866, it's the oldest hotel in the town. The current station didn't open until 1886, but there were two previous stations dating back to 1839, one just 300 yards away from the current one. Outside the station you'll see a statue of Ayr's - and arguably Scotland's - most famous son, the national bard, Robert Burns. His birthplace and a museum celebrating his life and works is in Alloway, about twenty minutes from the station by bus.
Just a few minutes' walk from the station, you can discover the town's rich history, enjoy riverside walks and explore the variety of independent and big-name shops. Head about a mile west from the station and you'll find the Esplanade, a long sandy beach and spectacular views across to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.