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Eating out

From seafront restaurants serving freshly caught fish to Michelin star rated fine dining establishments, foodies are spoiled for choice in Ayr and the surrounding area. The List provides a guide to the best eateries in town. The Waterfront and Craft & Harbour restaurants both come highly recommended.

View the range of eateries in Ayr


Ayr has plenty of drinking establishments in which to enjoy a tipple or two. From traditional pubs serving real ales to cocktail and wine bars, there are options for all. Local favourites include The Smoking Goat, The Meridian Bier Café and Crumbs & Cocktails.

View the list of pubs in and around Ayr



Ayr Gaiety Theatre and Arts Centre puts on a regular programme of evening entertainment suitable for the whole family. It is a social enterprise aimed at growing performing arts and culture in Ayrshire. The theatre attracts a great range of music, comedy, dance and theatrical performances throughout the year.

View Ayr Gaiety Theatre



If hiking is your thing, Walking Highlands have a great selection of suggested routes around Ayrshire. These range from leisurely wanders on the flat to day long hikes up rugged hills and across tricky terrain. Really keen walkers can attempt the Ayrshire Coastal Path which is 148 kilometres long and split into 12 stages.


Ayr and the surrounding area also has a great network of cycle routes to enjoy. The Active Travel Hub Ayr are an organisation dedicated to encouraging active travel and have a wealth of information about cycling in the area. They even offer free bicycle maintenance sessions and regular led rides to introduce you to the best local cycle routes.


Ayrshire is one of the top golf destinations in the world boasting three Open Championship venues and five of the UK's top 100 golf courses. Golf Ayrshire provides a guide to the courses in the area.

Golf Ayrshire


Ayr has plenty to keep keen equestrians happy, with numerous riding stables located close to town including Ayr Equitation Centre, Lionsgate Riding Centre and Shanter Horse Riding Centre. Further afield is Blackstone Clydesdales, a working family stock farm that offers visitors the chance to learn about Clydesdale horses, a heavy horse breed native to the area.

Last updated: 15/07/2017