On the East Coast, Ayr’s greatest claim to fame is being the birthplace of Scotland’s beloved ‘Rabbie’ Burns but it’s also a traditional seaside town with a fab beach and amazing sunsets, all on the doorstep of this ‘baby-go-lightly’ apartment. It will also suit golfers to a tee, with some of the finest courses in Scotland close by, from Belleisle and Seafield in Ayr to the famous Turnberry and Royal Troon.
The owner’s family has lived in Ayr for generations and mother, Lianne, is only 5 minutes’ away to meet, greet and provide invaluable insider tips on things to do and places to eat. Harbour Ayr has been beautifully designed and equipped as a holiday home, and all the baby gear reflects the owner’s personal experiences of travelling with young kids and how to make this easier. The high quality, branded baby-gear includes an Obaby fold-up buggy and LittleLife carrier rucksack for strolls along the prom, as well as a brand new John Lewis travel cot and fold up bed, Ikea Antelop high chair and practical essentials for feeding time, bathtime and bedtime. A box of toys is provided as well as lots of books, including many Scottish tales and classics in Scottish – it is Burns’ town after all! Although Harbour Ayr is an apartment, it even has the bonus of a small enclosed garden with a summerhouse, to spread out a blanket on the little lawn for toddlers to play.
Harbour Ayr is a very smart, contemporary apartment, with nautical themed decor and finishing touches in subtle tartan, including cosy throws and cushions to snuggle down in the lounge by the electric ‘wood burner’ to watch the Freeview TV, or DVD’s, or listen to music. The apartment also has Wi Fi for staying in touch, playing games and streaming movies. The owners love to cook, so the compact custom-made kitchen is well equipped for cooking and baking, but also relaxing at the dining table with a freshly brewed Nespresso or flute of chilled Prosecco. The nautical theme takes centre stage in the bedroom, with a bold feature wall, while Secret Linen Store bedding from Portugal, and a black-out blind, are conducive to a good night’s rest.
Harbour Ayr is a contemporary apartment with a small garden, to suit a couple with a baby or child under 12. The double bedroom has space for either the John Lewis travel cot or fold up bed available, plus there is plenty of storage in a fitted wardrobe, Secret Linen Store bedding on the very comfortable bed and a black out blind. The modern bathroom is fully tiled and includes a bath with an overhead shower, built in washbasin, fluffy Egyptian cotton towels and complimentary toiletries. The living room is cosy and compact, with a sofa and armchair, electric ‘wood-burner’, Freeview TV, DVD player and DVD’s, CD player and CD’s. The toys and books provided include Robert Burns’ poems and various local guidebooks, a Scottish version of the Gruffalo, Cbeebies’ Katie Morag and Scottish Monopoly. The custom made kitchen includes an eye level oven and microwave, a gas hob, Nespresso machine and cafetiere, cooking and baking utensils, a well stocked crockery cupboard and helpful staples. There is also a dining table with 4 chairs and a high chair. Although Harbour Ayr is an apartment, it has a parking space and a small enclosed garden with a little lawn and a summer house.
The seaside town of Ayr is 37 miles south west of Glasgow and only 15 minutes from Prestwick airport, so even families from way down south can discover this corner of Scotland without stressful hours in the car.
The fantastic esplanade and Ayr’s award-winning sandy beach is just minutes from the apartment, recognised as one of the best in Scotland and perfect for playing ball games and building sandcastles, paddling in the sea and spreading out a picnic. From the beach, there are beautiful views of the Isle of Aran and Ailsa Craig and its worth sticking around for the stunning sunsets.
Alongside the beach, Low Green is a great grassy area for children to fly kites and play crazy golf, or children can spend happy hours at the Seafront Playpark, with dedicated areas for little ones and older children. Families can take to the waves on the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world from Ayr Harbour, just steps from the apartment, and on rainy days, there’s always Pirate Pete’s soft play centre and 3 swimming pools at the Citadel Leisure Centre.
From shops to cafes to restaurants, Ayr town centre has everything families could need, just 5-10 minutes’ walk from the apartment. Pollack Williamson is the best butcher for a traditional haggis which parents should really wash down with a fine malt from Robbie Dram’s whiskey shop. The M&S food hall makes self catering simple whilst Corney & Barrow is a wine lover’s paradise. The bizarrely named Smoking Goat is a funky bar and restaurant and The Waterfront serves up a superb Sunday Lunch.
One of the favourite days out for the owner of Harbour Ayr’s children is a visit to the Heads of Ayr Farm Park with loads of animals to pet and feed plus loads of fun activities. Meerkats, wallabies, llamas, camels, monkeys, goats, donkeys and ponies will delight little animal lovers but other highlights include the big play area and assault course, a giant sand pit, bouncy pillow and trampoline, electric tractors, diggers and quad bikes, bumper boats and ringo sledging.
Numerous grand country estates throughout Ayrshire provide great places for nature trails and picnics, often with fun adventure playgrounds and great cafes. Belleisle Park in Ayr, Findlaystone Country Estate at Langbank and Culzean Castle at Maybole are three of the owner’s favourites. In Largs, families could also venture back to the time of the marauding Vikings at the award-winning Vikingar attraction and a day trip to the town has to include scrummy ice creams from Nandinis.
Golfers are truly spoilt for choice in Ayrshire, with some of the finest course in Scotland all within easy reach of Harbour Ayr. The challenging Belleisle and scenic Seafield golf courses are closest to the town whilst Turnberry and Royal Troon are world renowned venues for the Open and Seniors Open.
Nearest medical services: A&E at University Hospital Ayr or child department at University Hospital Crosshouse