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.
Prestwick Airport is located around 23 miles from Glasgow and is connected to the city by road and rail. With the opening of the 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 London Stansted, Bournemouth and Dublin and Shannon in Ireland. They also currently fly in from Scandinavia and Germany, Brussels Charleroi in Belgium and Paris Beauvais bringing together the Auld Alliance of France and Scotland. Italy and Spain also offer inbound options. It is best
is connected via Rome Ciampino, Pisa and Milan Orio al Serio; Spain has flights from Girona and Murcia.
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 airlines flying inbound including easyJet, flyglobespan, British Airways, Air Canada, Emirates, Aer Lingus, Flybe, British Midland and Air Scotland.
The airport is now connected by motorway all the way to Ayrshire on the M77 in less than thirty minutes.
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 3o 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 P&O Irish Ferries
Stena Line have both ferry and fast craft sailings between Belfast City Centre to Stranraer. 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 Stena Line
The Isle of Arran is connected to Ayrshire via the fifty five minute crossing on the ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick.
"Cal Mac", as they are affectionately known, sail to twenty-two islands and four peninsulas on Scotland's West Coast. From Arran in the south to Lewis in the north, their network covers some of the most beautiful and dramatic places in Scotland allowing you to get away from it all by ferry and discover a different world. Feries can be easily booked online and advance reservations are recommended for may routes - check out Caledonian Macbrayne