‘In honour of The Travel Bug’s home nation and the fact that he’s been busy celebrating Burns Day, TTB thought he’d take a wee look at the Scottish town of Ayr and see what he could uncover…’

Ayr is located on the gorgeous West coast of Scotland and is the birthplace of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

Big Rab (as he’s known locally) was born in Alloway on January 25th, 1759.   Travel Bug was born on January 26th, but in 2014, which is entirely irrelevant to this post.  He wanted you to know, anyway.

Robert Burns

Ayr is home to the Burns Birthplace Museum, Heritage Park and Monument and Gardens. Travel Bug knows how proud Scottish people are of Robert Burns because he wrote lots of good poems and probably not because he was an unfaithful drunk (that’s what TTB’s human Mum says…)


Ayr is home to the wonderful Ayr Racecourse, which is location of the Scottish Grand National.  Because it’s in Scotland, you can only bet on Shetland Ponies when you visit.  Scotland doesn’t allow full size horses

Electric Brae

Just outside of the town, in nearby Maybole, is Electric Brae.  This is a place where cars drive uphill all by themselves.  I’m not even kidding.  Electric Brae is a gravity hill that appears to pull vehicles up the hill, as if by magic. Try it out, people!*

*Electric Brae is an actual road, so please don’t hold up the traffic by reversing down it just so you can try going up again.

The Travel Bug made his humans do it SO many times and the people in the cars behind were rather cross.  Other road users just don’t appreciate how much fun it is, especially when they’re running late to pick wee Angus up from shinty practice.

Burns Bench
ain’t that the truth…

Do you have any fascinating facts about Ayr to share with the Travel Bug?


Hasta pronto, amigos y amigas!