Ayr beach 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 runs from the harbour south to the river Doon. Next to the esplanade you can find a putting green, a large children play area and indoor family entertainment in Pirate Pete's. From the beach Ailsa Craig, Ireland, the Mull of Kintyre, Arran and Ben Lomond can be seen. There are also plenty of parking spaces on either side of the main road that runs parallel with the beach and in the adjacent area.
The Low Green, a large grass area next to the esplanade, is used for recreation like picnics, sports and organised events. The National Cycle Route passes through South Ayrshire along the Ayr shorefront toward the new Millennium Bridge over the River Doon and on towards Greenan.
You can find photos taken by Ayr Beach Residents in our gallery Foto by John Cullen from Ayr
The Waverley is one of the worlds greatest historic ships the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass. You can see and hear the mighty steam engines as they propel the paddles that take Waverley majestically through the sea. Waverley starts her season sailing amidst the stunning scenery of the Western Isles and then spends the summer exploring the West Coast of Scotland.
During the summer period day trips depart from Ayr to Ailsa Craig, Carrick Castle, Largs, Rothesay and Tarbert. For an overview of destinations, visit the Waverley website here
Dog walking is one of the most popular activities in Ayr. Dogs are allowed on Ayr Beach all year round. When on the beach with your dog, please observe the following rules: Please dispose of dog waste in the bins provided. Please keep your dog under control at all times. Ensure that your pet does not frighten others. Not all people are dog lovers, some can be frightened by barking or playful dogs. No dog, with the exception of guide dogs, is allowed in children's play areas or outdoor sports areas. Ensure that your dog does not disturb wildlife on the beach. Information about the use of South Ayrshire's Parks and Open Spaces can be found here
Daily you can find fishermen on the Pier. Fishing is also available in and around the harbour area or you can go out on a boat trip to fish for skate, haddock and cod. Mullet are caught in the area around the bottom of the High Street and in the old yacht marina at the base of the pier.The area in front of Ayr Beach Residence is where eels, flounder and coalfish are taken. Night tides are best for eels.The pier is the best spot for mackerel and coalfish, which can be taken on a variety of methods from feathers, spinners to float fishing mackerel strip.
Information about trout and salmon fishing in the River Ayr can be found here
Ayr Beach is a great place for horse riding. There are many health benefits of riding on a sandy beach for horse and rider. Long sandy stretches are good for building up fitness levels and often the sand can encourage muscle tone and strength. It can provide outstanding views of the sea and is a refreshing way to see areas of beauty throughout the coasts of Scotland.
Beach riding can be a wonderful experience for both you and your horse if you are aware of a few points of legality and safety. You can read the guidance in this leaflet here
Home of the Scottish Air Show
Ayr is hosts the yearly Scottish Airshow. From the Low Green an air display can be enjoyed with vintage planes, modern planes, helicopters and world's best aerobatics teams. In 2014 the Vulcan and a Lancaster bombers flew past the thousands of spectators on the seafront. For 2017 the famous Red Arrows are lined up. There is no entrance fee.
During the Air show weekend there is also an aircraft exhibition and display at Prestwick Airport. Pleasure flights, with planes and helicopters, will be available on both Saturday and Sunday. Detailed Information about the Scottish Airshow can be found here
Black Guillemot and regular Iceland Gull can be seen breeding in Ayr harbour. Various species of Seagulls can be spotted in both the town and beach. More information about birdwatching in Ayrshire can be found here here
See the sun set ....
More sunset photos taken by Ayr Beach Residents can be found in our gallery