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The local area guide to living in Prestwick

Prestwick is a town on the south-west coast of Scotland, within the council area of South Ayrshire. With a population of just under 15,000 people, it sits beside the Ayr – a larger town, the centre of which is 2 miles away. It is 34 miles from Glasgow, and as such is home to some commuters making the trip into the city every day.

Prestwick is Scotland’s oldest baronial burgh, and started out its existence as the farm of a religious house (the name translates from Old English as priest’s farm). It is surrounded by beautiful coastal walks, and many historical figures have visited to enjoy them including Robert the Bruce and James VI, King of Scots.

It remained a small village, however, until the 1840s and the introduction of the railway. As in many other small towns and villages, this event led to Glasgow’s growing merchant and middle class buying and building countryside escapes in the area.

Prestwick is an attractive town with some interesting landmarks, including a ruined parish church near the railway station that is believed to date from the 12th century. The town is also home to the Prestwick Old Course – the course which hosted the very first Open Golf Championship in 1860, and continued to do so until 1872. Today, there are also two other gold courses nearby – St Nicholas and St Cuthberts.

Information about the local residents

Prestwick, which belongs to the South Ayrshire Council Area, has a population of 14,901. The area it belongs to has a population of just over 112,000 people, of which 52% are male and 48% female. 15% of residents are under 15, while 63% are adults of working age. 22% are over the age of 65.

There are 51,286 households in South Ayrshire, an increase of 5.2% since the 2001 census. On average, there are now 2.27 people per household.

75% of homes are owned in Prestwick, while 11% are social rented and 12% are private rented. The average house price is £152,129.

Prestwick has a low crime rate when compared to the rest of Scotland, and a low number of income deprived people – 10.2%, which compares to Scotland’s 13.4%.

Nearby schools

Prestwick attracts families whose main earner works in Glasgow not just because of the location, but also the schools. It has three primary schools: Glenburn Primary, Kingcase Primary and St Ninian’s Catholic Primary. Another primary school close by is Heathfield Primary.

All of these primaries feed into Prestwick Academy. Prestwick Academy is non-denominational and coeducational, serving 1,400 pupils with 90 teachers. It was established in 1902, although it has been completely rebuilt recently. It has performed very well under inspection – earning ‘good’ or ‘very good’ ratings when it comes to learners’ experiences, meeting learning needs, improvements in performances, the curriculum and improvement through self-evaluation.

Nearby Ayr has plenty other schools should parents wish more choice. Ayr has 15 primary schools, and four secondary schools with different approaches, policies and atmospheres. The schools are Ayr Academy, Belmont Academy, Kyle Academy and Queen Margaret Academy.

Getting around

Prestwick is served by Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (previously known as Prestwick International Airport) which opened in the 1930s. It offers services from Ryanair, although also handles US military flights.

Prestwick’s is on the Ayrshire Coast Line, running between Glasgow Central and Ayr. It is served by three trains per hour, which call at both Prestwick Town and Prestwich Airport railway stations. It takes under an hour to reach Glasgow on a direct train, which makes it a convenient commuting distance.

For motorists, the primary road is the A79 which goes directly through the town, and connects to the A77 trunk road.

Local shops

Prestwick, and nearby Ayr, have a great array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs. Prestwick itself has some great choices along Main Street, particularly specialising in artisan shops selling local products.

Ayr, much bigger than Prestwick, has a wide variety of stores – both brand name and independent, and has a fairly large shopping centre in the middle of the town.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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