Below is a list of Pubs in the Town of Ayr, these
normally only sell drinks, with old style bars, a
wide range of whisky on display, and good prices.
Also listed at the bottom are Pubs and Hotels that
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On Smith Street in front of the Railway Station, used to be
the Railway Tavern, then a few names after that. Late 70s
there was a huge barman with reddish hair, Tommy? that kept
things under control. Was good for darts, then later pool,
also one of the first pubs in Ayr to have a Space Invaders
On the corner of Smith Street and Burns Statue Square in
front of the Railway Station, used to be Raffles, then an
Irish themed pub after that. Was a sister pub of Rabbies,
with the manager of Rabbies marrying the Manageress of
Raffles, with them then opening Wellington's bar / diner at
Wellington Square, I think that is correct.
On Burns Statue Square just down from the Railway Station,
been one of the busiest Pubs in Ayr since the 1970s, not
sure when it opened.
The Twa Dugs
On Killoch Place overlooking the Statue Square, was
originally a Chinese Restaurant of Stevie Wong, then half
restaurant half bar, then just a Chinese Bar named the
Statue Bar. The Statue Bar got a bit of a name for pot, or
at least where you could buy some, allegedly. This is a
building from around the 1960s that replaced the 1800s
-----ance Hotel, dont know the Hotels full name.
Tam O Shanter
On the High Street, been here since the 1700s, even Robert
Burns drank in it. Don't know what its original name
On Newmarket Street just off the High Street, been here
since the 1970s and probably much earlier, hosted by Jim
McSherry a former Ayr and Kilmarnock footballer since the
On the Sandgate at the bottom of the High Street, been this
name for decades, don't know who Billy Bridges was, may now
just be named Bridges.
Pubs from here are sometimes referred to as the Barbary
On New Bridge Street at the bottom of the High Street, next
to the New Bridge, been here for many decades.
On South Harbour Street close to the New Bridge, has two
doors, some people don't like pubs with two doors.
On South Harbour Street close to the New Bridge, seems to
have been here many decades as well.
Ye Olde Fort Bar
On South Harbour Street a short walk along from the New
Bridge, seems to have been here forever, the Steamboat
Tavern was next door but that is now a gaming cafe. Pubs
down this way made a lot of money off the fishermen who
made good wages in the 60s and 70s.
The Ship Inn
On North Harbour Street a short walk along from the north
end of the New Bridge, seems to have been here forever as
On Main Street just over the New Bridge, another pub in Ayr
that has been the same for decades.
On Main Street just over the New Bridge, across from The
Brig. This pub may have been sold in early 2022?
On Main Street just over the New Bridge, two doors on from
The Campbelltown. Seems to have been here for decades under
On River Street just over the New Bridge, round from The
Campbelltown. Not sure how long this pub has been here and
what names it has had.
On River Street along from the New Bridge, at the Auld
Brig. This claims to be the oldest pub in Ayr.
The 19th Bar
On Main Street a short walk north of the New Bridge. A
sports themed pub. Not sure when this pub opened or if it
has had other names. There used to be few pubs in this area
of the Main Street, but all seem to have closed.
Famous Pubs that have Closed
The Athol / Hussar
On Burns Statue Square two doors down from Rabbies, used to
be the busiest pub in Ayr in the late 1970s, with a top
darts team. The barman Ronnie Garrett and Bobby Johnston?
took a bit of beating, 100s and 140s all the time or you
had no chance. The pub was renamed a few times after that
as it was turned into a bar / diner, now a restaurant named
The Ghillie Dhu. Old Image of the Athol Arms around the
1930s, you need to zoom in to see it behind the Burns
On Killoch Place overlooking the Statue Square, part of the
Ayrshire & Galloway Hotel. Was a popular night pub for
a while, now the Meridian cafe / diner.
The Bucks Head
Looking down the High Street, now an ECig shop. Had an
upstairs bar as well with great views down the High Street
and up Kyle Street. Was here in the late 1970s, not sure
how long before that.
On Kyle Street just round from the Bucks Head. Was the
first of the large modern pubs in Ayr in the late 1970s
early 1980s with pool tables and games. The building was
knocked down and replaced by Ayr Central Shopping Centre in
2006, not sure when The Kyle actually closed, buildings on
this street lay empty for years.
Isle of Skye
On Kyle Street just across from the Bucks Head. In the Old
Royal Hotel building, last hosted by Jimmy MacDonald who
did TV commercials back in the 1970s, normally beer
commercials. The Old Royal Hotel building lay empty for
years, finally knocked down in 2021 to be replaced by a
modern building. There was also a Matha Dickies in this old
hotel building for some time as well.
The Plough Inn
At the top of the High Street at number 237, just down from
the Bucks Head on the left side, a large trendy upstairs
pub in the late 1970s early 1980s famous for its flat beer,
cellar must have been a long way from the bar. A lot of
good looking women used it, so flat beer it had to be. The
Plough Inn name can still be seen above the Greggs shop,
then a bit right, above the first floor.
A short distance down the High Street in the former Ayr
Arms Hotel, the light coloured building on the left. The
most famous pub name in Ayr. Not sure when it closed, but
the Kyle Shopping Centre used much of that building when it
opened in 1988. Another pub of that name opened on Kyle
Street, then when that closed, another used the name next
to the Railway Tavern in a former Wine Bar in the 2000s,
that seems to have closed recently. Old Image of the Ayr Arms
and Matha Dickies around the 1970s.
Middle of the High Street under the Wallace Tower. Known
for strange beer but good burgers. A young blind guy used
to drink in there in the late 1970s, then get a bus home
out of town. Not sure when it closed, but is now used as
The Cross Keys
On the High Street, also with a door onto Hope Street, well
named as if you went in the High Street door sober and out
the Hope Street door drunk, you were left thinking where
the heck am I. Now the Grain Exchange, a small shopping
The Auld Hoose
Just off the High Street on Hope Street, a real old little
building that made a great old style pub, the Embassy Bar
was next door that was a top darts pub. The Auld Hoose was
knocked down around the 1990s, replaced by a modern
building next to Greggs, now a Card Factory shop. Old Image of the two
On South Harbour Street a short walk from the New Bridge,
next to the Old Fort Bar. Had a good looking dark haired
barmaid for years, think her name was Rita, also a
crocodile nailed to the wall for some reason, think it was
stuffed. Now a Gaming Cafe in white and red, the Steamboat
was dark colours. Old Image of the Steamboat
around the 1960s.
On Main Street a short walk from the New Bridge, may have
closed after the woman that ran it for 42 years had an
accidental death falling down stairs in 2018, named Evelyn
Carden. This image is from 2022 so looks like it could just
open up again.
On Main Street a short walk from the New Bridge, was one of
the first pubs in Ayr with a pool table, late 1970s, a time
you played for a pint each game. Seems to have closed
around 2014, now Ayrshire Housing with a strange paint
On Main Street across from the Newton Arms, was the best
known of the pubs on the Main Street, think it had another
name after that, then used as a furniture shop, then as an
Indian Restaurant named Desi Curry up to about 2019. For
sale in 2022.
There was a small pub next to this named the 110.
Hotels that have Closed
At the Train Station overlooking Burns Statue Square, built
in 1885, closed in 2012. Some people want it restored,
others want it replaced by a modern Railway / Bus Station
like the one in Dundee.
Either the -----ance Hotel or -----ange Hotel on Killoch
Place looking over Burns Statue Square, probably built mid
1800s, knocked down around 1960 to be replaced by this
1960s building that now contains the Twa Dugs Pub.
Elms Court Hotel
On Miller Road just down from Burns Statue Square, built in
the mid 1800s as two Villas, later converted to the Elms
Court Hotel, closed in 2019 after a fire, demolished in
2022 to be replaced by Flats.
Kings Arms Hotel
At the bottom of the High Street on the right side, built
in the mid 1800s, knocked down in the 1920s to be replaced
by a new Woolworths, with Woolworths closing in 2007, with
that building being demolished in 2017 to be replaced by a
modern building in 2022. Images and Info
On Racecourse Road on Ayr south side, built in 1867 as a
private home with the front wall built with stone from the
old Tolbooth on the Sandgate, converted to the Gartferry
Hotel in 1930 that closed around 2011 to be converted to
flats and have more flats built in its huge garden, now
known as Gartferry Court. More Information.
Old Racecourse Hotel
On Racecourse Road on Ayr south side, probably built as a
private home then later converted to a Hotel, closed around
2014 to be converted to flats.
In Belleisle Estate on the south side of Ayr, built in the
late 1700s, sold to the Council in 1926 to be used as a
Wedding and Golf Hotel, closed around 2014 for restoration
that ran into financial delays, caught fire in 2019, now
waiting on funding to be restored.
Sundrum Castle Hotel
Four miles east of Ayr in a Country Estate, built from the
1300s for Sir Robert Wallace, Sheriff of Ayr, converted to
a Hotel in 1792 that closed in the 1970s to be converted to