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 craft fairs at The Grain Exchange.

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Explore what Ayr has to offer…


Beaches and Coastal Areas

With one of the most memorable stretches of coastline in the UK (all 45 miles) it should come as no surprise that we’re blessed with some of the country’s best beaches.

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...

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

South Ayrshire is home to magnificent castles and historic buildings which attract visitors from far and wide. Not only is Ayrshire famous for Robert Burns, we also boast connections with some of Scotland’s most influential historical figures such as Robert the Bruce.

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...

Culture and Heritage

South Ayrshire has plenty to attract visitors to come and explore the region and its rich 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...

Sculpture of 'Draped Reclining Woman' by Henry Moore

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

The Maclaurin Art Gallery. A large white building, originally the house stables

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...

Golf

South Ayrshire has some of the finest golf courses in the world, including two of the Open Championship courses in Royal Troon and Turnberry.

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...

Museums and Galleries

Explore our 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...

Sculpture of 'Draped Reclining Woman' by Henry Moore

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

The Maclaurin Art Gallery. A large white building, originally the house stables

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

Parks and Open Spaces

Discover the parks and open spaces of South Ayrshire.

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...

Young children playing in an outdoor play park.

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...

Long view stone sculpture of The Deposition.

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

Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayrshire on the 25th January 1759 is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

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...

Shopping

Celtic silver ring.

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

Swimming pools

Choose from one of our many swimming pools – Ayr Citadel, Girvan Quay Zone, Prestwick, Troon or Maybole.

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...

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...

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!...