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The local area guide to living in Ayrshire

Ayrshire is a county located in southwest Scotland, comprising a number of small towns and villages spread out along 80 miles of coastline. It is best known as the birthplace of the world-famous poet Robert Burns, but also has a dynamic history that can be traced back to the dawn of civilization. There are remnants to be found of everything from Viking battles to Bronze Age stones, as well as a number of stunning natural sights. The Isle of Arran, the Firth of Clyde and the Mull of Kintyre are among some of the most popular destinations, as well as the town’s many gardens and castles.

The open countryside makes it a popular sporting county, with The Open Championship and the Scottish Grand National held in the area, with 40 different golf courses available. The county town is Ayr, and the closest major city is Glasgow, making it a popular commuter destination. Stone-fronted houses, spacious, detached properties and bungalows provide a range of attractive homes for everyone from older generations to families with young children.

Information about the local residents

The total county population is roughly 370,000. Ayrshire is particularly popular with older generations, thanks to its calm ambiance and stunning countryside.

Employment rates vary across the county, with 12.7% of economically active residents in the north considered unemployed, compared with 10.4% in the south. There’s also a variance in house prices, with the average in the north approximately £108,000 and the south £141,000. In Scotland as a whole, roughly 50% of women and 40% of men under 21 are students.

Nearby schools

The county is well serviced by both primary and secondary schools, with a number of options across the various towns and villages. There are more than 25 academy schools in Ayrshire, such as Arrange High School and Marr College, which are both accessible to students from the Isle of Arran.

There are a number of further education options available for students aged 16 years and over, such as James Watt in North Ayrshire. Kilmarnock College offers vocational and professional courses, while Ayr College provides apprenticeships, full-time and part-time courses. The county also has a higher education campus for university students. The University of West Scotland opened its Ayr campus in 2011, and focuses on providing an eco-friendly, sustainable environment as well as high-quality learning.

Getting around

Ayrshire is easy to access by car; it takes just one hour to reach Glasgow and there are direct routes to other areas of the country via the A77 and the M77. The A713 also offers access to the Galloway Tourist Route, which makes for a more scenic drive. There are also simple public transport options, including a number of buses within the county, including services to surrounding areas. Major cities such as Glasgow can be accessed by coach, while a high-speed ferry provides a regular service to and from Belfast.

The county has several train stations, with the main ones located in Ayr, Kilmarnock and Prestwick. From here, there are frequent services to Glasgow Central Station, where a connecting overnight train can be taken to London. For international travel, the county airport is Prestwick International, while the larger Glasgow International Airport is approximately one hour away by car.

Local shops

Ayrshire is famed for its local food and farmer’s markets, which offer a delicious range of traditional delicacies and locally grown produce. Some of the favoured regular markets include The Cross in Kilmarnock, County Square in Paisley and Kyle Centre Car Park in Ayr. You can also sample these local foods in a number of the county’s popular restaurants.

The most popular retail destination in the county is Ayr Central Shopping Centre, which features high street shops and designer boutiques, as well as a number of coffee shops and eateries. Fitness fanatics will be pleased to know that Ayrshire is also home to a number of gyms and fitness facilities, both privately owned and local-authority operated. Swimming pools and sports grounds provide a number of classes and leisure activities.

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