Prestwick is Scotland’s oldest baronial burgh and dates back over 1000 years. A busy coastal town, it has a mix of interesting boutiques, galleries and lively bars and cafes. It’s a welcoming place to shop, golf, eat out, or just enjoy some relaxation at the seafront.  

Like other destinations along the Ayrshire coast, Prestwick is known for its golf links, and the first British Golf Open Championship was held at Old Prestwick Golf Course in 1860. As a visitor, either St. Nicholas or St Cuthbert Golf Clubs will be delighted to welcome you. 

Prestwick seafront has a wide esplanade and a lovely beach, which is perfect for a walk and an ice cream. Recently, there’s been a huge increase in the popularity of water sports there, and wild sea swimming and paddleboarding are available for visitors.

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Explore what Prestwick has to offer…


Beaches and Coastal Areas

With one of the most memorable stretches of coastline in the UK (all 45 miles) it should come as no surprise that we’re blessed with some of the country’s best beaches.

Prestwick promenade on a beautiful sunny day.

During the late Victorian era and into the 1900’s, Prestwick was a popular health resort where people would come to...

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayrshire on the 25th January 1759 is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

The Batchelor's Club cream building with a thatched roof.

The Bachelor’s Club is situated on Sandgate Street in the farming village of Tarbolton, and is now a small museum...

Swimming pools

Choose from one of our many swimming pools – Ayr Citadel, Girvan Quay Zone, Prestwick, Troon or Maybole.

Woman doing the back stroke in swimming pool.

The pool at Prestwick is 25m with 4 lanes and has a spectator area for up to 18 people. Organised...