Ayr racecourse is located at Ayr, Scotland and is Scotland’s most famous racecourse. The Ayr racecourse was established in 1907 and presents a left handed oval track 13 furlongs in circumference, holding both Flat horse racing and National Hunt horse racing tracks. Racing were first held there as early as the 16th century, however, documented racing can be found only as late as 1777 when the track itself was still located at Racecourse Road. It then moved to Whittles Road in 1907 which was set as the final location of the Ayr racecourse. The Ayr racecourse holds 28 days of racing in a year, among them is the famous Ayr Gold Cup which is 3 days long racing festival.
Racing in Ayr Racecourse
Two famous fixtures are held at Ayr racecourse. The first is the Scottish Grand National, a National Hunt handicapping race first ran in 1867 and is one of Scotland’s and the Ayr racecourse’s most renowned meeting held over a two day racing festival. The Scottish Grand National is the equivalent of the Grand National race held at Aintree racecourse. It takes place in April and is run over a distance of 4 miles and 110 yards and is open for 5year old and above horses, especially 5 year old horses who have competed its equivalent, the English Grand National. The other one, the more famous meeting, is the Gold Cup Festival held in mid September. The meeting is a Flat racing meeting with 15 races taking place, among them are the famous Ayr Gold Cup, run at the distance of 6 furlongs by the 28 heaviest horses and the Ayr Silver Cup, run at the same distance by the next 28 horses in the card, one day prior to Ayr Gold Cup. Both races are open for 3 year old and over thoroughbreds.
Facilities and Services at Ayr Racecourse
Like many UK horse courses, the Ayr racecourse offers facilities for accommodation, catering and event celebrations. Many bars and food courts populate the Ayr racecourse, offering pre and post racing activities, elevating the experience of a day at the races to a whole new level. The Ayr racecourse also holds halls, conference rooms and private rooms, for the purpose of business meetings, weddings, private parties and Christmas parties and an owners club exclusively for the use of jockeys, owners and trainers.
Reacing the Ayr Racecourse
There are many ways of reaching the Ayr racecourse. By car, driving along A77 from Glasgow or A74, A75, A76 if arriving from eastern Scotland. By air, as the Ayr racecourse is located about 45 minutes drive from Glasgow airport. By train, having a 5 minute bus ride from the train station to the Ayr racecourse.