Prestwick is a town situated on the
north side of Ayr. The towns expanded and
joined together after the railway from
Glasgow reached Prestwick and Ayr in
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.