Lang Scots Mile – The History

Up until the 19th century the measured mile in use in Scotland varied from place to place, but was consistently longer than the English mile – hence the term the ‘Lang Scots Mile’.  An 18th Century reference in the Scottish National Dictionary refers to the Scots Mile as measuring the equivalent of 1,984 yards, as opposed to the standard mile of 1,760 yards in England!

Robert Burns refers to the ‘Lang Scots Mile’ in his epic poem “Tam O Shanter”.  We celebrate the association by recreating the ‘Lang Scots Mile’ along the seafront, close to Burns’ birthplace in Alloway.

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The ‘Lang Scots Mile’ starts at the Citadel Leisure Centre then continues to the Esplanade on Ayr’s seafront.  Taking in some fantastic iconic views across the Firth of Clyde to Arran, Kintyre and the Cumbraes.  It’s a great backdrop for family and friends to cheer you on.  The route itself is marked out along the promenade between Miller’s Folly on Cromwell’s Fort and Blackburn car park.

All races are run on closed road traffic free courses.

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The race starts underneath the race gantry opposite the Low Green. Heading up the seafront on the Lang Scots Mile for a flat, fast start. It then turns right onto the cycle path heading towards the river. After a short run it takes a right turn up Fort Street, for a small rise (the only real one in the race), running through the outskirts of Ayr centre. It then continues on a small downhill section onto Race Course Road, eventually turning into Blackburn Road for an out and back section before returning to the main road at Race Course Road.

Once back onto the main road, you continue down the flat straight road until you reach the garage turning right alongside the river path. This is a great path with stunning views, you continue on the path until once again you are hit with the stunning scenery of Ayr seafront and its coastal views. Here you continue on the seafront path, for a long flat glorious finish stretch.

All races are run on closed road traffic free courses

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