Ayr Races

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Ayr racecourse is the premier horse racing venue in Scotland. Both Flat fixtures and National Hunt races are held at the course and it is home to the Coral Scottish Grand National and William Hill Gold Cup Festival, both of which are highlights in the British racing calendar. All year round racing combined with superb hospitality makes Ayr races a first choice day out in one of Scotland's most popular visitor destinations.

Free Racing Tips Horse racing at Ayr dates back to the 16th century and became established at the current racecourse in 1907. It is considered a good galloping track providing all the spectacle and thrill of superb racing. Ayr racecourse is family friendly and there are many family oriented activities and entertainment associated with certain events, such as the Ghouls and Goblins race day at Halloween.

A day at Ayr races goes hand in hand with superb hospitality. Whether for a group of friends on day out, a corporate get together or simply a fun day with the family, Ayr racecourse can provide the perfect complement to the thrill of the race card with a range of superb dining facilities to suit any group and budget.

The Princess Royal Stand incorporates two excellent restaurants, the Roman Warrior and Chancellor Carvery.

The Roman Warrior Restaurant derives its name from the last Scottish trained race horse to win the Ayr Gold Cup, a feat achieved in 1975. Situated on the second floor of the Royal Stand, the restaurant offers first class fine dining for up to 160 people and features panels depicting some of the most famous horses ever to run at Ayr races, such as Grey Abbey, Red Rum and Sea Pigeon.

Eager race goers will certainly appreciate the views over the paddock and the private balcony overlooking the finish post and with private tote facilities and plasma screen TVs visitors will feel an integral part of the action.

The Chancellor Carvery Restaurant is located on the first floor of the Royal Stand and offers classic Carvery fare of hot and cold dishes. All round window views take in the finishing post and the entire track and there is direct access into the paddock and stand itself for all the pre and post race action. The Chancellor Carvery also has private tote facilities and plasma screens.

For those who wish a more intimate and exclusive race day experience the Princess Royal Stand has a series of private boxes located on the third floor. Capable of accommodating between 20 and 100 guests, the private boxes offer balcony views over the finish post, private tote facilities, and impeccable staff service. They can also be personalised with a selection of added extras such as champagne reception and the services of a tipster.
Ayr Races, inside rail

Private boxes are also available within the Paddock Stand, with views over the entire course and in the thick of the action for the pre and post race formalities. Paddock Stand boxes are particularly popular for corporate days out and team building sessions, which can be arranged on request for certain race days. The Paddock Lawn and Parade Ring host marquee dining and hospitality during the Main Festival days and bespoke marquee hospitality packages are available throughout the year for private parties and functions.

Excellence in facilities and hospitality within Ayr race course extends to conference and banqueting provision. The Princess Royal Conference and Events Centre offers the largest event spaces in the region and can compete with any of Scotland's major conference centres. A flexible layout can be adapted to suit a variety of sizes and styles of meetings, seminars, exhibitions and banquets and the location, within easy reach of Glasgow and Prestwick Airport airports, has helped define the centre as a premier international event space. The centre also benefits from ample car parking, natural light in all rooms and state of the art conferencing equipment.

The race course also incorporates the award winning Western House Hotel. Voted the Scottish hotel of the year 2009 and Scottish wedding venue of the year for three years running, the hotel offers outstanding accommodation within 49 guest rooms and suites. The equally impressive dining facility, the Jockey Club Restaurant, offers exquisite lunches and dinners while the adjoining lounge is perfect for afternoon tea. The centrepiece of the hotel is the Cathedral Ballroom which represents a dream wedding venue for up to 200 guests.

Certainly a welcome spot in beautiful relaxing surrounds, guests staying at the Western House Hotel are of course well placed to enjoy all the recreational benefits of the Ayr races and as with any visitor to the race course will find much to do in the surrounding area during any free time spent in Ayrshire.

The theme of sporting excellence extends to three open championship golf courses within easy reach and all the heritage and history of Ayr itself, famed for the work and life of its most famous son, Robert Burns.

The town is a popular visitor destination and there are plenty of accommodation options, bars, restaurants and beachfront, for those who travel from far and wide for the races. The main event however will always be race day itself and a horse racing experience which is hard to beat.