Ayr is a big, bustling town whose long sandy beach has made it a popular family seaside resort since Victorian times. Most things to see in Ayr are Robert Burns-related. The poet was baptized in Ayr’s Auld Kirk, hidden in an alley off of High Street. Several of Burn’s poems are set here, and the Auld Bridg (Old Bridge) which spans the river just north of the church features in several of them. The atmospheric cemetery here overlooks the river and is a pleasant escape from the bustle of town center. The promenade is good for a walk in sunny weather, especially at low tide when a huge sandy beach is revealed. The silhouettes of Arran’s peaks and Ailsa Craig in the bay form an impressive backdrop. The Burns an’ a’That Festival is held in Ayr every May and showcases the best of Scottish talent from music and cinema to comedy, theater, and dance.