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Prestwick is a Town in Ayrshire southwest Scotland, on the north side of Ayr with a long sandy Beach.

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.

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Prestwick Cross
view looking north with the road straight ahead leading 1 mile to the Airport.

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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 Entertainment.

Church of St Nicholas
can be found by walking along Station Drive by the Train Station that leads to the rear of the Church built in the 1100s.

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The main entrance to the Church is from Kirk Street, 50 yards north of Prestwick Cross.

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 Templars.
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Prestwick Golf Club
300 yards west of Prestwick Cross, next to the Train Station, known as Old Prestwick.

Prestwick Golf Club

This was the first Course to host the Open Championship when the tournament began in 1860. Map

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There are another two fine courses in Prestwick, St Cuthbert andSt 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.

Ayrshire Golf Tours arrange golf packages.

Kidz Play
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 Beach.

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There is also a fairly large outdoor play area next to Kidz Play that is free of charge. Tel: 01292 475 215. . Map/Reviews

Prestwick Beach is long with grassland that runs alongside. There is an outdoor Kids Play area midway along the beach. Large Image

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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.

Prestwick Sailing Club
at the south end of the Beach.


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The Club offers Sailing and Power Boat lessons. Tel: 01292 871 661.

Bruce’s Well
to the south of Prestwick centre on Maryborough Road, just behind St Ninian's Church.

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Robert the Bruce, Scotlands most famous King, drank from this Well when conducting his guerrilla campaign against the English occupiers of Scotland in the early 1300s.

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 possible.

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Prestwick Tennis
Badminton and Fitness Centre is situated on Whinfield Place off Ayr Road, south of Prestwick Cross.

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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 474 700.

St Ninian's Park
off Ayr Road to the south of Prestwick centre with a Swimming Pool / Gym, Cricket Club, 5 a side Football and Football Pitches.

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The Cricket is normally on a Saturday or Sunday.

The Amateur Football Team normally plays Sat or Sun.

The Indoor Bowling Club seems to have closed.

Prestwick Flying Club
at the south end of Prestwick Airport.

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Information on joining the Club, looking to gain your Pilots Licence, or just curious about Flying and would like a Test Flight. Tel - 01292 475 583.
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Prestwick Airport
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 throughout Europe.

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