Ayrshire, on the south west coast of Scotland has always been a popular short break destination and in recent years has got easier to get to with improved rail and road connections including the M77 motorway linking Glasgow with Ayrshire and fast ferry services to and from Ireland.

Glasgow Prestwick International Airport
Prestwick Airport is 23 miles from Glasgow and is connected to the city by road and rail. With the recent opening of the new M77 Ayrshire is now just forty minutes drive from Glasgow City Centre. Prestwick Airport is only a few minutes from Troon and Ayr and is well connected to the rest of Ayrshire by an excellent road network.

Low cost airline Ryanair fly into Prestwick from Rome Ciampino, Pisa and Milan Bergamo; Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga, Murcia, and several Balearic and Canary Islands. Ryanair also fly in from Corfu and Malta.

Stena Line
Stena Line have both ferry and fast craft sailings between Belfast City Centre to Cairnryan. The sailing takes about ninety minutes on the HSS fast ferry and the drive to the heart of Ayrshire less than an hour. Bookings can be made online at www.stenaline.co.uk .

Glasgow Airport
Glasgow Airport is situated to the west of Glasgow making Ayrshire easily accessible from the airport. Glasgow Airport has international flights direct from the United StatesCanadaDubai and throughout Europe and the UK with airlines flying inbound including easyJet, flyglobespan, British Airways, Air Canada, Emirates, Aer Lingus and Flybe. Glasgow Airport is now connected by motorway all the way to Ayrshire on the M8/M77, journey time about forty minutes.

Caledonian Macbrayne 
"Calmac", as they are affectionately known, sail to twenty-two islands and four peninsulas on Scotland's West Coast. From Arran in the south to Lewis in the north, their network covers some of the most beautiful and dramatic places in Scotland allowing you to get away from it all by ferry and discover a different world. Ferries can be easily booked online and advance reservations are recommended for many routes. See www.calmac.co.uk for details.