Ayrshire’s principal towns include Ayr, Kilmarnock and Irvine. The town of Troon on the coast has hosted The Open Championship eight times in total. Approximately 200,000 visitors came to Troon during the 2004 Open; a serviced office in Ayrshire would be a fantastic base for keen golfers.
Ayrshire is one of the most agriculturally fertile regions of Scotland. Potatoes are grown in fields near the coast, using seaweed-based fertiliser, and the region produces pork products, other root vegetables, cattle and summer berries such as strawberries are grown in abundance.
Digital Equipment had a large manufacturing plant near Ayr from about 1976 until the company was taken over by Compaq in 1998. Some supplier companies grew up to service this site and the more distant IBM plant at Greenock in Renfrewshire. Scotland's aviation industry has long been based in and around Prestwick and the international airport. Although aircraft manufacture ceased at the former BA plant in 1998, a significant number of aviation companies are still based on the Prestwick site.
The M77 motorway begins in Glasgow at the M8 motorway at Kinning Park, and terminates near Kilmarnock at Fenwick