Prestwick is a Town in
Ayrshire southwest Scotland, on the
north side of Ayr with a long sandy
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 Ninian's Church
on the south side of Prestwick.
Prestwick Golf Club is where the
Open Championship began, played
here first from 1860 - 1872.
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 Quizzes.
Prestwick Shops Click On
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view looking north with the road
straight ahead leading 1 mile to
The road to the left leads 200 yards
to the Rail Station, Old Prestwick Golf
Course and Beach.
Prestwick Main Street runs from the
Cross south, with a good variety of
Restaurants, Pubs for Food and
Church of St
can be found by walking along
Station Drive by the Train
Station that leads to the rear of
the Church built in the
The main entrance to the Church is
from Kirk Street, 50 yards north of
The ancient Burgh of Prestwick grew
around the old Church of St Nicholas.
This was originally a Monastery Church,
modified after the Protestant Reformation
in the late 1500s.
There have been claims, that buried
within the grounds are Knights Templar,
guardians of the Holy Grail. There is
supposed to be a Plaque in the Church
with the Maltese Cross, the symbol of the
Knights Templar. A street next to the
Church is named Templerigg Street, there
are a number of Streets in Ayrshire named
Temple----, thought to be after the
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300 yards west of Prestwick
Cross, next to the Train Station,
known as Old Prestwick.
This was the first Course to host the
Open Championship when the tournament
began in 1860. Map
There are another two fine courses in
Prestwick, St Cuthbert
Nicholas, along with many more only a
few miles north at Troon and Irvine. All
Ayrshire courses with price guides, maps
and reviews at: ayrshiregolf.
Tours arrange golf packages.
past the Train Station and Old
Prestwick Golf Course at the
Beach area. This view shows the
Indoor Play Area to the north of
The large car park is free of charge.
There is also a fairly large outdoor
play area next to Kidz Play that is free
of charge. Tel: 01292 475 215.
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Beach is long with
grassland that runs alongside.
There is an outdoor Kids Play
area midway along the beach.
The Parkstone Hotel looks onto the
beach, this Hotel has now been sold for a
Care Home. The Parkstone had been built
as a beach resort hotel in 1933.
at the south end of the
to the south of Prestwick centre
on Maryborough Road, just behind
St Ninian's Church.
Ninian's Church Image
Robert the Bruce, Scotlands most
famous King, drank from this Well when
conducting his guerrilla campaign against
the English occupiers of Scotland in the
He thought the water from the Well
reduced the severity of his skin disease,
probably leprosy. This led to him
returning to the Well as often as
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Badminton and Fitness Centre is
situated on Whinfield Place off
Ayr Road, south of Prestwick
The Indoor and Outdoor Tennis Courts
are open to members and non-members from
6am - 10.30pm, with the Outdoor Courts
being free of charge. Tel: 01292 474
off Ayr Road to the south of
Prestwick centre with a Swimming Pool / Gym,
Cricket Club, 5 a side Football
and Football Pitches.
at the south end of Prestwick
Information on joining the Club,
looking to gain your Pilots Licence, or
just curious about Flying and would like
a Test Flight. Tel - 01292 475
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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
here from 1952 - 1966, and British
Airways used the long runway at Prestwick
for training Concorde pilots from the
1970s - 1990s. Concorde would fly round
all day, just touching the runway then
back up. People in cars would line the
roads watching the amazing sight, with
nobody then realizing just how special
that sight was, as there are no such
Aircraft in service today, and unlikely
to be for some time.
The singer Elvis
Presley was at Prestwick in 1960 for
2 hours as the plane he was traveling on
stopped to be re-fueled. About 200 fans
found out, leading to them getting there
to meet him.
The Airport now relies on Cargo and
Budget Airlines providing flights