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Ayr, situated at the mouth of the River Ayr on the Firth of Clyde, is the former county town of Ayrshire in Scotland. The strategic location of the town in the Clyde estuary, led to the construction of a castles there in 1197 and further fortifications were added in the seventeenth century by Oliver Cromwell.

Historically, Ayr was an important port trading as far afield as Spain and America, but more recently it was the pre-eminent resort town of the Clyde estuary, ahead of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Troon, Largs and Rothesay, and it remains a popular destination for excursions to this day,[1] especially to its historic racecourse. Ayr is also the birthplace of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns and as the centre of Burns country, draws large numbers of tourists annually.

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