A BRAND new walking tour is coming to Ayr with participants to learn about the myths, legends, and history of the town.

Running as part of a year-long programme of events called Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, Shadows of the Past: Ayr’s Myths, Legends and History, is supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Stories 2022.

It will see a walking trail through the town with audio described history being relayed to punters via their mobile device.

Highlights of the walking trail include life-sized character silhouettes and audio transporting participants back in time. Audiences can access QR codes as well as information boards to discover Ayr’s iconic stories as they follow in the footsteps of Robert Burns and explore locations such as the Brig o’ Doon and Loudoun Hall.

Councillor Chris Cullen, Economy and Culture Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This walking tour explores the heritage of Ayr in a completely new way.

“The past is delivered to your mobile device through text and audio bringing the town’s auld streets and closes to life. There are also information boards, so you won’t miss out if your device runs out of battery.

“The beauty of the self-led walk is that you get to soak up the past at your own pace, so you can stop for a bite to eat, or do some shopping before continuing your exploration.

“I have no doubt this will be a big hit with visitors, but I also urge locals to scan the QR codes, as there are more than a few surprises in Ayr’s colourful past.”