The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Ayr gets behind the Great Tartan Turnoot!

Ayr United and West FM stars encourage people to
Come Back to Ayrshire for the St. Andrews Homecoming Finale

Ayr licensed traders are pulling together to kickstart the St. Andrews Homecoming Finale weekend with a special evening event on Friday 27 November 2009 entitled ‘The Great Tartan Turnoot’.

Four guid Scottish pubs, Wellingtons Bar, Bridges Bar, The Tam O’ Shanter Inn and The Twa Dugs aim to do their bit to support Ayr’s Homecoming Finale by hosting ‘The Great Tartan Turnoot’ a fun event where visitors and locals alike will be encouraged to don their kilts and enjoy an entertaining tour led by kilted musical warriors Clan Wallace whilst collecting a range of St. Andrews memorabilia on their way.

The tour will make their way past an illuminated Town Hall, Wallace Tower and conclude in a specially lit up Burns Statue Square where 250 biodegradable balloons will be released to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Burns before enjoying a live ceilidh band and haggis buffet (free to all those wearing a kilt!)

Keen to get started modelling the St. Andrews merchandise are Ayr United manager Brian Reid, players Dean Keenan, Ryan Stevenson, Mark Roberts and Billy Gibson, Westsound Presenters Fiona Shields, Jen McGinlay, John Scott and James Pllu and representatives from the four bars Bob Shields (Twa Dugs), Gordon Wardrop (Bridges Bar) and Mick O’Brien (Wellingtons Bar).

The Great Tartan Turnoot is just one part of Ayrshire’s celebrations for the St. Andrews Homecoming Finale which will take place from Friday 27 – Monday 30 November and will also include:

* ‘Wave the Saltire Weekend’ decorated streets and retail outlets supporting the St. Andrews finale in Ayr, Prestwick and Girvan.

* A nostalgia weekend in Troon celebrating the 1940s and 50s with music, dance, history and entertainment.

* ‘Scotch Corner’ at Ayr Central shopping centre featuring the unique Ayrshire Innovations on street exhibition, free haggis and entertainment.

* A special Scottish Christmas Light Switch-on making a popular return to Ayr High Street on Sunday 29 November with a River Street fairground.

* An exclusive sneak preview of Burns Cottage on St. Andrews Day, Monday 30 November.

* A special Haggis and Hoolie evening at Ayr Racecourse, Folk music at West of the Moon, Ayr and at The McKechnie Institute, Girvan plus lots of other events and attractions throughout the weekend. Full details of the weekend can be found on

St. Andrews events will take place throughout Scotland as part of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming Finale.

Jakki Ross (South Ayrshire Council Homecoming Tourism and Marketing) said: “The Great Tartan Turnoot is an excellent example of local business working together to create a fun and memorable event. As Ayrshire is home of Robert Burns we began the year in celebratory style in Alloway and it is only fitting that our St. Andrews Homecoming Finale encourages people to come back to Ayrshire to conclude the Homecoming year in Rabbie’s town.”

Marie Christie, Project Director, Homecoming Scotland 2009 adds: “All over Scotland individuals and organisations are working hard to make sure that this Homecoming year presents the most diverse and exciting programme of events ever co-ordinated to mark St. Andrews Day. Throughout the year Ayrshire has hosted a fantastic Homecoming programme and we are looking forward to this exciting line-up of events for the finale.”

The Ayrshire St. Andrews Homecoming Finale is part of the Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebrations: Scotland’s Biggest Ever St Andrew’s Do. Running from 26th - 30th November, with more than 40 events and opportunities to visit some of Scotland’s major attractions for free across Scotland, a full programme of activity is available at

St Andrew’s Day, 30 November, is Scotland’s national day. It is a time for everyone at home and friends across the globe to celebrate Scotland and its people - our history and culture but also our diverse and vibrant contemporary society. Full information on St Andrew’s Day, including its history, local and international events, Visit for Free visitor attractions across Scotland, and ideas for hosting your own event, can be found on

The Homecoming Scotland Finale Celebrations herald the start of the winter festival season in Scotland, inviting visitors to extend their stay beyond the St Andrew’s weekend to sample the sights and sounds in a range of towns and cities.

Homecoming Scotland 2009 is an inspirational programme of events running from Burns Night to St Andrew’s Day which motivates people with Scottish ancestry, as well as those who simply love Scotland, to “Come Home” in 2009.

Homecoming Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government and is managed by EventScotland the national events agency in partnership with VisitScotland, the country’s national tourism agency. Homecoming is part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

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