Shopping in and around Ayr

It's the small independent stores and specialist suppliers that give Ayr town its draw. It is said that Ayr has more jewellers than central Edinburgh. Many of them are highly respected family owned stores that have been in Ayr for generations. There are even a few bespoke jewellery designers who are much in demand. In the current financial downturn Ayr is having a tough time like many places, but it still has a lot to offer the keen shopper, including an indoor mall at The Kyle Centre with it's upstairs food court, and the new outdoor mall (inc Debenhams) at Ayr Central.

Here is a selection of the independent and smaller chain shops worth browsing:

Big Sparra Vinyl (Rare and collectable records, CDs, sheet music etc), Burns Statue Square, Ayr

Little Knitting Shop - All things knitting. 61 Newmarket Street, Ayr KA7 1LL 01292 261841  

Robbies Drams - Whisky specialist (regular tastings), 3 Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1BG 01292 262135

Corney and Barrow with Whighams wine merchants (est 1766),  Academy Street off the Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1HT  Tel:01292 267000 -

(High-end wine merchant/regular wine tastings in the original 1766 cellars )

The Cookery Nook (absolutely everything for the keen cook) 30 Queens Court, off the Sandgate, Ayr, KA7 1LE Tel: 01292 283566

Creative Classics (Home accessories, gifts, SIA flowers) 45-51 Beresford Terrace, Ayr, KA72HD Tel: 01292 292570

Diane Honeyman Wedding Dresses, New Bridge Street, bottom of the Sandgate, Ayr  tel: 01292 282965

Slater Menswear and Slater Woman (free tailoring on purchases) - 184, High St, Ayr , KA7 1RQ Tel: 01292 261730

Twixt & Teens (Tap, Ballet, Dancewear) - 16, Kyle St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1RZ  Tel: 01292 261458

One Step Ahead (shoes)  - 56, Newmarket St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1LR Tel: 01292 260090

Rogerson, Thomas & Sons (fine footwear) - 10-16, Newmarket St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1LP Tel: 01292 263910

Kitten designer kidswear - 48, Alloway St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1SH Tel: 01292 288121

Little V.I.P.'s smart kidswear- Kyle Centre, High St , Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1QT Tel 01292 288085

Pillar Box (Ladies occasion wear) - 37, Sandgate, Ayr , Ayrshire KA7 1BG Tel:01292 610198

Wallace Allen Jewellers and Watches, High St/ 4 Newmarket Street, Ayr  Tel: 01292 262516

The Men's Store - Just off High Street by Newmarket St

Hourstons Department Store - Alloway St/High St

Ayrshire Violin Maker/ Luthier now moved to Dundee but still available online

The Wickery (Cane furniture, basketware and doll's houses), River St, Ayr

Bella's Home and Gifts, Carrick St, Ayr

The Frame Shop and Art Gallery, Alloway St, Ayr

Chisholms Deli, Carrick St, Ayr

Badboy Jewellery (Gothic, Biker, Alternative & Body Jewellery) 35 High Street, Ayr Tel: 01292 737474 and  Ogham Jewellery  (Scottish & Celtic Designer Jewellery) Unit 18, Luath Walk, Ayr Central, Ayr, KA7 1TN Tel: 01292 610800



 These is just a small sample of what Ayr has to offer.There is plenty more to discover.


NB: Most of the main high street chain stores are represented in Ayr, including:

Marks and Spencer, BHS, Top Shop, New Look, Primark, Next, Debenhams,

Clarks Shoes, Cafe Neros, Costa Coffee, Boots, Blacks Outdoor, Game,

TK Maxx, Matalan, H & M, River Island, HMV, Thorntons Chocolates,

Greggs Bakery, Superdrug, Body Shop, Argos, Monsoon, Claires Accessories,

Carphone Warehouse, Jessops,  Games Workshop, Reids Furniture, WH Smith,

Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Country Casuals, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons, River Island and much more.