Ayrshire, on the south west coast of Scotland has always been a popular short break destination and in recent years it has got easier and easier to get to with the growth of low cost airlines, fast ferries from Ireland and improved rail and road connections including the new M77 motorway linking Glasgow with Ayrshire.
It is now well within a couple of hour's reach of much of Europe making it the perfect short break or golf destination.
The Isle of Arran is connected to Ayrshire via the fifty five minute crossing on Cal Mac ferries from Ardrossan to Brodick or from the Mull of Kintyre from Clonaig.
The following information should be of some help in planning your journey to Ayrshire and Arran.
Prestwick Airport is located around 23 miles from Glasgow and is connected to the city by road and rail. With the recent opening of the new M77 Ayrshire is now less than thirty minutes drive from Glasgow city centre. Prestwick Airport is only a few minutes from Troon and Ayr and well connected to the rest of Ayrshire by an excellent road network.
Low cost airline Ryanair fly into Prestwick from a number of European airports. The schedules change regularly
During the summer months P&O Irish Ferries run the fast ferry operation from Larne into Troon. The crossing takes less than two hours from Ireland to Scotland from March to September on the reliable P&O Express fast craft. Time on board may be short but you'll enjoy a host of facilities including restaurant, bar, gift shop and children's play area.
Troon is just a 10-minute drive from Ayr and 30 minutes to the city of Glasgow, offering a whole range of destinations within easy reach. P&O Irish Ferries bookings can be made online at www.poirishsea.com
Stena Line have both ferry and fast craft sailings between Belfast City Centre to the new ferry terminal at Cairnyryan. The sailing takes about ninety minutes on the HSS fast ferry and the drive to the heart of Ayrshire less than an hour. Bookings can be made online at www.stenaline.co.uk
Glasgow Airport is situated to the west of the city making Ayrshire easily accessible from the airport. Glasgow Airport has international flights direct from the United States, Canada, Dubai and throughout Europe and the UK with a wide range of carriers. The airport is now connected by motorway all the way to Ayrshire on the M77 in less than thirty minutes.
Edinburgh has become the main entry point for Ryanair flights that used to fly into Prestwick yet it is still less than a two hour drive to the centre of Ayrshire from Edinburgh Airport.