When the sun shines in the West of Scotland, locals will flock to Ayr for a spot on its beautiful golden sand beach. This guide looks at the best things to do and hotels in Ayr.

What makes Ayr Beach so special? This scenic spot has been awarded a Seaside Award from ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’, an honor considering the number of stunning beaches this part of the UK has to offer.

Your complete guide to Ayr

Want to find out more about Ayr before your visit? We give you your ‘complete guide to Ayr’ and reveal what special Scot was born in this little town below!

Where is Ayr?

Ayr sits in among a line of popular Ayrshire seaside towns on the western coastline of the South West of Scotland. From this part of the coastline, you can look out on to Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and on a nice day, Pladda.

This small beach town is under an hours drive away from Paisley and Glasgow and its beach is to the Ayr railway station and Ayr bus station – there are transport links to the seafront from these locations.

Things to do in Ayr

Traditionally, Ayr has always been the place that families from the west of Scotland will go to during the spring and summer holiday periods.

Ayr’s Low Green has been major tourist attraction since the Victorian era and to this day families will enjoy lounging on it during a hot summers day.

Whether the sun is shining or not there is a great range of facilities suitable for the full family around Ayr Beach.

My Voyage Scotland lists just a few ideas for you and the family below!

Heads Of Ayr Farm Park

Animals of all shapes and sizes can be found at Heads of Ayr Farm. During your visit here you will meet small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, degus and mice.

The park is also home to larger and exotic residents, including llamas, ponies, donkeys, monkeys, lemurs and meerkats, and goats.

Ralph the Camel and Troy the Tapir are fan favourites of those who visit the site!

Ayr Beach

Start your family tradition with a visit to Ayr Beach this summer.

Skip some stones, make memories and if you are brave enough why not paddle in the water after a picnic on the sand?

Ayr Beach is a great destination for those travelling with kids and animals and is a great choice if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful activity while visiting the West of Scotland.

Cycling in Ayr

Ayr beach is a part of the Sustrans National Route 7. If you enjoy cycling, this scenic route offers some unforgettable coastline views.

During your travels to Ayr, you will pass through Irvine, Troon and Prestwick, all lovely little towns with lots to offer visitors.

Ayr Racecourse

Don’t miss Ayr Racecourse if you are planning a visit to the town! This is a VisitScotland 5 star visitor attraction and a great day out for those that want to experience horse racing the Scottish way.

Over thirty races are hosted every year with leading jockeys and horses from top stables taking part in Grand National and Cup Festival events.

Pirate Pete’s

After building your obligatory sandcastle why not give crazy golf at one of Ayr’s most popular spots? Pirate Pete’s play centre is Ayr’s very own treasure trove as it offers fun for children of all ages and big kids too of course!

Located just a stone’s throw away from the seafront, Pirate Pete’s offers indoor soft play, crazy golf, and laser games. If you want to sit back and relax while the rest of the family have fun, there is also a café to where you can grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee.

Top hotels in Ayr

Hotels in Ayr book up fast during the summer months due to the events that are hosted at the racecourse and throughout the town, luckily you have some great options to choose between.

Below is a list of our top hotels in Ayr.

Star Pick Hotels in Ayr: Lochinver Guesthouse

Lochinver Guest House is one of the top hotels in ayr

If you are looking for five-star hotels in Ayr during your next visit, check out Lochinver Guesthouse.

This five star rated B&B is only 700yards away from the shores of Ayr Beach and is a firm favourite of couples that travel to this coastal town to escape from day to day hustle and bustle.

Brig o’ Doon


Brig o Doon was the setting for the final verse of Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns’s poem Tam o’Shanter.

Hosts at the Brig o’ Doon hotel would be happy to tell you more about historical Ayrshire, the birthplace Robert Burns, so why not get a history lesson and a hotel in one!Birg O Doon is one of the top hotels in ayr

Fairfield House Hotel

Fairfeild House Hotel is one of the top hotels in ayr

Fall in love with this fully restored and refurbished Victorian mansion house which is located on Ayr beachfront.

Make sure you spend some of your time in the hotel’s leisure club. With a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, and in-house beauty therapist available – you may never want to check out!

This four-star hotel is great value for money – book up fast!

Savoy Park Hotel

Savoy Park Hotel is one of the top hotels in ayr

Looking for luxury in Ayr? Rest your feet at the Savoy Park Hotel.

This family-run establishment is located in the heart of the town, which makes it extremely popular with summertime tourists.

It welcomes guests with excellent service and traditional homemade food; we’re sold!


ByTheSea is one of the top hotels in ayr

Guests are greeted with complimentary Scottish shortbread as soon as they enter there home away from home at ByTheSea Ayr.

Each room in this quirky four-star guest house has an en suite shower room, a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities.

Families are more than welcome here as the hosts even provide toys for visiting children.

Mercure Ayr Hotel

Mercure Ayr is one of the top hotels in ayr

Mercure hotels are known for their excellent facilities and great locations; the Ayr hotel is no different.

You won’t need to travel far to Ayr seafront if you choose to stay at this Mercure venue, however with a swimming pool, spa, and gym available to guests, you may not want to leave!

Self-catering Ayr

Craig Tara

Owned by Haven, this is the perfect spot for families looking for self-catering options Ayr. Spend time with the ones you love and enjoy all that Craig Tara caravan park has to offer and that’s a lot!

Get started by visiting the new Lighthouse Harbour Adventure Village, jump to Captain’s Crazy Golf and finish the day at Splashaway Bay, Craig Tara’s multi-level pool complex with flumes, slides, and spray cannons.

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