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Ayr South

Ayr South

South Ayrshire

The beach is predominately sand and has been enjoyed by people of all ages through the years. From picnics and sandcastles to paddling, collecting shells and playing games, you can always find something to do. The esplanade has adjacent to it a number of facilities for visitors to enjoy. The putting green, the well equipped play area which caters for a wide age range and the refurbished Pavilion which provides indoor soft play. The Low green, which has a long history as a place of recreation, is still a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.  Fishing is also available in and around the harbour area or go out on a boat trip to fish for skate, haddock and cod. If you prefer to stop and admire the scenery watch the world go by there are a number of seating areas along the length of this section of Ayr shorefront.


Ayr is s the administrative centre of the South Ayrshire Council area and historic county town of Ayrshire. Ayr is currently the most populated settlement in Ayrshire and is the 12th most populous settlement in Scotland. The town adjoins the smaller town of Prestwick to the north, forming a single continuous urban area with the town. 

Ayr was established as a Royal Burgh in 1205, serving as Ayrshire's central marketplace and harbour throughout the Medieval Period and remaining a well-renowned port across the Early Modern Period. On the southern bank of the River Ayr sits the ramparts of a Citadel constructed by Oliver Cromwell's men during the mid-17th Century. Towards the south of the town is the birthplace of Scottish poet Robert Burns in the suburb of Alloway. Ayr has remained a popular tourist resort since the expansion of the railway in 1840 due to the town's attractive fine beach and its links to golfing and Robert Burns.

Natural Space

Predominantly sand, Ayr Beach is a great location for picnics and sandcastle building, with a good expanse of grass for children to play on. Admire beautiful views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and on a clear day - Pladda


Ayr Beach is located on the western coastline of Ayrshire in the south west of Scotland. A great range of fun facilities are located adjacent to Ayr Beach, including a putting green, crazy golf and children’s play area.

Getting There

South Ayr Beach is easily accessible from the town of Ayr. There are excellent public transport links by rail, bus and car.  Ayr railway station is approximately 5 minutes walk from the beach, and the beach is clearly signposted.  Ayr bus station, in the Sandgate is only a 2 minute walk away from the beach. The A77 trunk road from the North and South provides good access for cars. Ayr beach and promenade is part of the Sustrans national Cycle route 7.

Water Quality Information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach between 1 June - 15 September. You can also find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so. 

Contact Details

South Ayrshire Council
0300 123 0900
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