The annual horse race takes place at Ayr Racecourse every April. Attracting competitors from all over the world, the Scottish Grand National is the equivalent of England’s famous Grand National held at Aintree. Day one consists of the glamourous Ladies Day, with the Saturday hosting the main event. The total price fund to the winner is £210,000 and much more is spent by spectators at the book keepers. The races cover a 4-mile course, during which the horses jump 27 fences. First run in 1858 at an alternative venue, where the fences were made of stone walls, the Scottish Grand National transferred to Ayr in 1966.
Arriving from Glasgow Airport is a 40-minute journey, while Prestwick International is only 10 minutes away. Ayr train station is a short walk to the racecourse, or you can also arrive by ferry to Troon as an alternative. Tickets for Ladies Day cost £20 for a Grandstand Ticket, or £28 to include a club badge (giving closer access to the paddock and additional entertainment). For £35 you can also get a meal and drink included. Tickets for the Saturday cost £25 for the Grandstand or £47 for a club badge. There are also 2 day passes available and deals to include coach travel.
Book tickets in advance, especially for the Saturday. If you are travelling as part of a large group, contact the Racecourse directly as discounts are available and special hospitality available. For the basic racing experience go for the Grandstand tickets. The Club Badge deal not only gives you extra entertainment, but you get a chance to study the horses up close ahead of the race. If you’re thinking of backing a horse, study the race card and bet responsibly. Only take the cash you’re willing to spend. If you’re wanting to make the trip even more special, check out the Silver/Gold and Platinum hospitality packages.
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There is a museum in Ayr dedicated to the birthplace of Robert Burns, the great Scottish Poet. Visit the beautiful Burns Monument and Gardens. There’s Culzean Castle and County Park or Greenan Castle. Take the children to Heads of Ayr Farm Park or go for a walk along the seafront.
Find out more about the Scottish Grand National including: tickets, hospitality with the silver, gold and platinum packages, private boxes, restaurants, videos, contact details and general enquiries then check the official website.
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