Prestwick is a town situated on
the north side of Ayr with a long
sandy beach, popular bar diners,
restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, and
good golf courses.
The towns of Prestwick and Ayr
expanded and joined together after
the railway from Glasgow reached
Prestwick and Ayr in 1840.
Robert the Bruce is said to have
been cured of leprosy by the waters
of the well at St Ninians church on
the south side of Prestwick.
A regularly overlooked fact is
that Prestwick Golf Club is where
the Open Championship began, played
here first from 1860 - 1872.
Prestwick Airport opened in
1934, mainly as a training
airfield. It expanded over the
years, as for some time, it was the
only Scottish airport allowed to
operate Transatlantic flights, due
to it being on the coast with
rarely any fog. The United States
Air Force had a base there from
1952 - 1966, and British Airways
used the long runway at Prestwick
for training Concord pilots.
Concord would fly round all day,
just touching the runway then back
up. People in cars would line the
roads watching the amazing sight,
nobody realised then just how
special that sight was, as there
are no such aircraft in service
today, and unlikely to be for some
time. The Airport now relies on
cargo and budget airlines providing
flights throughout Europe.
Prestwick town has a popular
beach, Main Street with many busy
bar/diners and restaurants, three
golf courses and a large tennis
centre. The Main Street is a
popular place most nights of the
week for drinks, meals and
entertainment such as live music,
DJs, karaoke and quizes.