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South Ayrshire

Sundial, Prestwick
©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland

Sundial, Prestwick

Situated on Ayr Bay 2 miles (3 km) north of Ayr in South Ayrshire, the burgh of Prestwick (created in 1600) is best known for its international airport. It has long been a popular holiday resort and a golf centre: in 1860 Prestwick held the first Open Championship. Robert the Bruce allegedly took the waters at Prestwick (Bruce's Well) for a skin disease.

Important sites include the Mercat Cross (13th Century), and the Church of St Nicholas (12th Century, ruined). There are railway stations at Prestwick Airport (International), Prestwick Town and Newton-on-Ayr.

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