Once a bustling market town and international port, the historic town of Ayr is still thriving. It has lots of excellent shops, lively bars, well-run hotels and restaurants, plus a wide range of attractions for the whole family.

Along the wide Victorian esplanade, you’ll find an exciting play park and wide sandy beaches that are just perfect for a leisurely walk, a dip in the sea or for enjoying a delicious ice cream.

Ayr Racecourse hosts regular meetings, from the Scottish Grand National to the Ayrshire Handicap and Ayr Gold Cup. For golf enthusiasts, you can play at Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling courses, or for art and culture, there’s the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, the Maclaurin Art Gallery or new Ayrshire talent at regular exhibitions and creative markets at The Grain Exchange.

Explore what Ayr has to offer…


Activity Tours and Experiences

In 1994, Corney & Barrow’s Scottish operation merged with Whighams of Ayr, one of the longest-established wine merchants in the...

stained glass bird and rainbow

Ayr based glass artist, Leona Stewart Glass, offers workshops in various glass making techniques.  Half day and full day sessions...

in time escape rooms logo and lantern

Explore, collect clues, solve puzzles, and uncover the mysteries to escape In Time! Designed, built, and run by escape room...

Beaches and Coastal Areas

Sandy beach and rolling waves with views of the island of Arran in the background

Ayr has a wonderful, clean, sandy beach, which has been enjoyed for generations. You can enjoy a picnic, build sandcastles,...

Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses

Outside view of Lochinver Guest House with Cherry Blossoms in bloom.

Lochinver Guest House offers comfortable and relaxed B&B accommodation in a spacious, and elegant Victorian townhouse in one of the...

Soft cosy grey chair and cushion.

As a guest at Turas-Mara you will enjoy comfortable relaxing accommodation and the famed Scottish Hospitality.  Whether you are here...

Sandstone exterior of the Barns B&B.

Renovated in March 2021 our 3 rooms at Barns B&B feature en-suite bathrooms, HD flatscreen TVs with streaming services and...

Dog friendly Blackburn Villa is an award winning bed and breakfast in the seaside town of Ayr in south west...

Camping and Caravaning

Lodges and surrounding countryside aerial view.

Crofthead Holiday Park is a family owned and run treasure hidden in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside yet only a mere...

Castles and Towers

Greenan Castle perched on cliff top looking out to the sea

Greenan Castle is perched on a clifftop at Greenan Shore, and is a 16th century, ruined tower house looking over to the Heads of Ayr, and out to sea towards Arran and Ailsa Craig.  It was originally a...

View of the tall tower remains from the street

St. John’s Tower is the tower that remains from Ayr’s original parish church, which was built around 1300. On 26th...

Wallace tower

The Wallace Tower was built in 1882 replacing the first Wallace tower (Auld tour) which was owned by the Wallace...

Culture and Heritage

Exterior of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum showing the cafe and surrounding landscape.

What better place to find out about Robert Burns than in Alloway, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? There, you’ll not only see the most significant collection...

Robert Burn's famous cottage with its thatched roof

Alloway is the birthplace of internationally renowned poet Robert Burns and a trip here would not be complete without a visit to...

front of rozelle house

Located in picturesque Rozelle Park, Ayr, Rozelle House Museum and Galleries displays objects, artefacts and works of art from the...

inside the maclurin art gallery

The Maclaurin Trust was established following the bequest of Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin who died in 1971, who wished to...

Red gun on display at Cromwell's Citadel

Ayr Citadel was built in 1657 on the command of Oliver Cromwell, after the English Civil War and the abolition...

A view of this large T shaped historic building large stone walls and wooden verandas

Loudon Hall was built around 1513 by James Tait, a wealthy burgess of Ayr. It’s one of the earliest examples...

The large Grecian-style monument in memory of Robert Burns.

Soon after the death of the great bard a committee of his greatest supporters set about memorialising the man. The...

red railings with Ayrshire archives sign

Ayrshire Archives is the local authority archive service for South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Council.The Ayrshire...

Eat

Modern brightly lit bar area.

The Tree House is all about simple dishes with big flavours, tempting cocktails and friendly service in a relaxed and...

Modern bar area with plants and table areas.

T-Bar is a laid-back bar and venue serving up everything from stone-baked pizzas to juicy burgers, ice cream sundaes to...

langoustines on a plate

We are a family run Restaurant based in Queen’s Court, Ayr. Serving dishes that celebrate our local seafood, we aim...

A plate of salmon

The Kylestrome is a bright and contemporary hotel located in the heart of Ayr on Scotland’s West coast, conveniently located...

Fish and chips at the Savoy Park

At Savoy Park, you’ll immediately feel welcome and at home. The hotel has been under the stewardship of the Henderson...

Food at the Fairfield Hotel

The Fairfield House Hotel restaurant offers a relaxing and comfortable dining experience combined with culinary excellence marked by its prestigious...

A curry at Priya Restaurant

Priya Authentic Indian Kitchen is a Indian cuisine restaurant the caters also for takeaway and deliveries. It is based on...

juicy fillet steak at the western house hotel

The Jockey Club Restaurant at Western House Hotel offers superb food prepared by our team of top chefs. Ingredients are...

curry served at the 3 idiots

3idiots Indian Restaurant & Takeaway is authentic, Indian Tapas-style food. This allows our customers to enjoy a little bit of...

inside aldente ayr tables and chairs

Authentic Italian trattoria packed with local produce. We serve authentic pizza, pasta, seafood and local meat dishes cooked fresh everyday....

Golf

The landscaped golf course at Seafield.

Home to not one but two fantastic courses designed by legendary architect James Braid. Belleisle and Seafield Golf Courses opened...

The golf course at Dalmilling.

A delightful parkland course set in the heart of Burns’ country. First opened in 1961, Dalmilling is set between Ayr’s...

Hotels

Front view of the Kylestrome Hotel.

The Kylestrome is a bright and contemporary hotel located in the heart of Ayr on Scotland’s West coast, conveniently located...

Stunning view of the front of the hotel grounds.

At Savoy Park, you’ll immediately feel welcome and at home. The hotel has been under the stewardship of the Henderson...

Grand sandstone exterior with large windows.

The Fairfield House Hotel is situated in the heart of Ayr town with its beach front location and spectacular views...

western house hotel grand building

Located on the edge of Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel offers a luxurious four star environment for those wishing to...

Museums and Galleries

Exterior of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum showing the cafe and surrounding landscape.

What better place to find out about Robert Burns than in Alloway, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? There, you’ll not only see the most significant collection...

front of rozelle house

Located in picturesque Rozelle Park, Ayr, Rozelle House Museum and Galleries displays objects, artefacts and works of art from the...

inside the maclurin art gallery

The Maclaurin Trust was established following the bequest of Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin who died in 1971, who wished to...

Parks and Open Spaces

Two wooden carvings of soldiers standing to attention in a woodland setting

South Ayrshire Council’s poignant Remembrance Woodland – featuring a stunning tree sculpture trail – was created as part of the...

Children running along woodland path.

Belleisle Park is a great day out for families, with a deer park, a well-equipped children’s play park, woodland walks and...

The popular pond full of wildlife.

Rozelle Estate is now a beautiful park, gifted to the public in 1968. The gardens combine mature woodland, rhododendron walks and an ornamental pond; and it’s a relaxing place...

stone sculpture

Ronald Rae was born in Ayr in 1946.  Aged 12, he was drawing a weekly cartoon strip for a local...

Colourful slides at Ayr beach play park

The Ayr Esplanade Play Park is located right next the beach and is just a short walk from the town...

Aerial view of Cambusdoon Estate.

Cambusdoon Estate is a small, quiet estate situated on the banks of the River Doon. It’s often missed by visitors to the area, but is...

Aerial view of Corsehill Gardens.

South Ayrshire has lots of hidden treasures, and Corsehill Gardens is one of the best. Often missed by visitors and locals, you...

Robert Burns

Exterior of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum showing the cafe and surrounding landscape.

What better place to find out about Robert Burns than in Alloway, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? There, you’ll not only see the most significant collection...

Robert Burn's famous cottage with its thatched roof

Alloway is the birthplace of internationally renowned poet Robert Burns and a trip here would not be complete without a visit to...

The large Grecian-style monument in memory of Robert Burns.

Soon after the death of the great bard a committee of his greatest supporters set about memorialising the man. The...

Self-Catering

Living room with warm cosy fireplace.

A quality ground floor apartment close to the beach and outdoor activity area and within easy walking distance of the...

Donnini Apartments

Donnini provide personal, unforgettable stays throughout stunning Ayrshire and we pride ourselves on putting our guests at the heart of...

Doonbank Cottage Bothy and gardens.

Whether you’re looking for a one night business stopover, a couple of nights to attend a wedding at the Brig...

Cosy and relaxing lounge area.

No 7 Barns Terrace provides luxury self catering accommodation in the bustling town of Ayr in South West Scotland. It...

Lodges and surrounding countryside aerial view.

Crofthead Holiday Park is a family owned and run treasure hidden in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside yet only a mere...

Woodcroft holiday cottages is a group of well-selected properties that are very comfortable for people who wish a shorter stay...

Private patio and garden area.

Kewnston farmhouse is a large family orientated holiday home, situated just 5 miles south of Ayr.We are conveniently located minutes...

Shopping

Celtic silver ring.

Historically there has always been a symbolic connection between love, life and language. The ancient Celtic cultures were aware of...

Toytown Store Front

At Toytown we cater for kids of all ages with wide ranges of Lego, games, puzzles, dolls, action figures, puppets,...

Vennel camera frontage

We are a photo printing shop, printing posters and canvas prints (from £14.99) we also take passport and ID photos...

Welcome! We are a family that just love Movies,Tv shows,Collectables,and Comi-Con’s!We thought we would share our passion with you by...

DOMINION Is a Tabletop and Trading Card Gamers HEAVEN!!!! With 2500SQ FEET!!! Of Gaming Goodness!!! We have NINE Of The...

Riverside Studios accommodate a number of Artists & Crafters, qualified, trained & experienced in their field.  We produce Fine Art...

Various styles of picture frames.

We are an independent business with over 30 years experience. We provide quality framing to Guild standards and also stock...

Modern industrial interior of the Grain Exchange.

Come along, meet the makers and shop local!The Grain Exchange sits on the site of the town’s Meal Market where...

On Ayr High Street Omstore is a Metaphysical supply shop. We have gemstones and minerals and New Age spiritual gifts....

Highlander Tartan wear kilt display

Highlander Tartan Wear is a Kilt Maker and Formal Dress Hire Specialist. As the name suggests we deal with everything...

In 1994, Corney & Barrow’s Scottish operation merged with Whighams of Ayr, one of the longest-established wine merchants in the...

Handmade in Ayr Market candles

The Handmade in Ayr Markets are a monthly event in the Grain Exchange on Ayr High Street showcasing quality local...

round diamond earrings

We are an independent family-run jewellery shop offering the highest quality jewellery, watches and gifts. We are diamond and wedding...

Blue shop frontage with an Ayr We Go sign

Ayr’s best Ayr related gift and sport shop.Selling gifts from rock and fudge, to magnets and tea towels! As well...

Sport and Adventure

paint spats with active figures

The Citadel gym houses the latest life-fitness cardio machines all programmed with on demand features.An extensive range of life fitness...

Swimming pools

Little boy learning to swim.

The main pool, a 25m, 6 lane pool, teaching pool and a flexi pool with moveable floor. All pools have...

Venues for Hire

The exterior of Ayr Town Hall and impressive steeple.

Ayr Town Hall is situated in the heart of the historic seaside town. The category ‘A’ listed building dating back...

Visitor Attractions

Exterior of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum showing the cafe and surrounding landscape.

What better place to find out about Robert Burns than in Alloway, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? There, you’ll not only see the most significant collection...

Robert Burn's famous cottage with its thatched roof

Alloway is the birthplace of internationally renowned poet Robert Burns and a trip here would not be complete without a visit to...

The large Grecian-style monument in memory of Robert Burns.

Soon after the death of the great bard a committee of his greatest supporters set about memorialising the man. The...

Pirate Pete's logo.

A huge 4 storey soft play area filled with ball pools & slides including a separate under 5’s & a...

White Llama in a field.

Heads of Ayr Farm Park is an award-winning farm and adventure park with over 80 species of animals, quad bikes, jumping pillows, and so much more! Have...

Theatre interior and balcony.

Welcome to The Gaiety, one of Scotland’s oldest theatres and home to many a stage legend who considers our beautifully...

LA Bowl is a fun family orientated leisure facility. we have 16 lanes for Tenpin bowling, lazerzone, fully licensed Bar,...

Ayr Racecourse stand full of race goers.

Ayr is Scotland’s Premier Racecourse and a Visit Scotland 5* Attraction Ayr Racecourse is Scotland’s only Grade 1 track and...

Waverley at Ayr Harbour

WELCOME ABOARD WAVERLEYStep aboard the famous Waverley – The last seagoing paddle steamer in the World – and experience the...

in time escape rooms logo and lantern

Explore, collect clues, solve puzzles, and uncover the mysteries to escape In Time! Designed, built, and run by escape room...

Weddings

Front view of the Kylestrome Hotel.

The Kylestrome is a bright and contemporary hotel located in the heart of Ayr on Scotland’s West coast, conveniently located...

Stunning view of the front of the hotel grounds.

At Savoy Park, you’ll immediately feel welcome and at home. The hotel has been under the stewardship of the Henderson...

western house hotel grand building

Located on the edge of Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel offers a luxurious four star environment for those wishing to...

What's On

Theatre interior and balcony.

Welcome to The Gaiety, one of Scotland’s oldest theatres and home to many a stage legend who considers our beautifully...

Odeon Cinema logo

State-of-the-art chain cinema for blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format, plus family and student deals. ODEON Ayr is open again!...

Ayr Racecourse stand full of race goers.

Ayr is Scotland’s Premier Racecourse and a Visit Scotland 5* Attraction Ayr Racecourse is Scotland’s only Grade 1 track and...

The Organist Entertains

The Organist Entertains is back for the twelfth year! Enjoy the music of the historic Lewis Organ in Ayr Town...

Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire. Saturday 18th June, 12 noon - 4pm.The Holy Fair with Armed Forces and Pipes in the Park

Visitor information Saturday 18 June 2022 12 noon – 4pm Low Green Free event Grassed area, obstacle free Getting here...

Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire. Sunday 19th June, 12pm - 4pm. Story Sunday Tent Talks and Family Fun

Visitor information Sunday 19 June 2022 12 noon – 4pm Ayr Low Green Free event Grassed area, obstacle free Getting...

Antique sewing machine

Weaving and Sewing: Dress and Textiles in South Ayrshire Pop Up Museum at Carnegie Library Visitor information Tuesday 21 June...

Adults dressed up as Harry Potter characters

The Harry Potter Parody Murder Mystery Friday 29 July, 7pm Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr Free event, booking essential...

Other Trips

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Ayrshire Connect

It’s about the visitor, it’s about the retail, the history, activities, events, sports, culture. After the year we’ve all had...