Ayr - British Racecourse

Scotland's premier racecourse

About Ayr

Ayr racecourse opened in 1907. The Scottish Grand National in April and the Ayr Gold Cup in September are its biggest meetings and attract bumper crowds. A left-handed circuit, it is about a mile and a half round with a straight six furlongs. Another of its main features is the Western Meeting on the Flat in September that features the Ayr Gold Cup. The course suits long-striding gallopers and is a great test of stamina in rain-softened conditions. Free entry for children under the age of 18.

Course Details:

Left-handed 1 1/2m oval, galloping with minor undulations.

National Hunt Jumps: 
Left-handed, mainly flat. A Circuit of 1m 4f.

Getting there, directions and parking:

Train – There is a regular, reliable rail service from Ayr to all parts of the country and the station is less than five minutes by road or a 12 minute walk from the course.

Ferry - Ferries run from Troon - a 15 minute drive away - to Larne, and there are also ferry links from Cairnryan to Ireland.

By Air - Prestwick International Airport is only 10 minutes from Ayr and Glasgow Airport only 40 minutes, both offering flights to and from a variety of destinations.

Parking - Complimentary Free Parking is available at Ayr Racecourse to all customers


Places to stay nearby:

Premier Inn Ayr A77 Racecourse (1.9 miles)
Wheatpark Pl, Ayr KA8 9RT
Tel: 0871 527 9416
Western House Hotel (0.1 miles)
Craigie Road, Ayr KA8 0HA, Scotland
Tel: 01292 294990

Pubs Nearby: 

Wee Windaes (1 mile)
9 Newmarket St, Ayr KA7 1LL, Scotland
Tel: 01292 267360
The West Kirk (0.9 miles)
58a Sandgate, Ayr, South Ayrshire, KA7 1BX
Tel: 01292 880416



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