Things to Do

Ayr Racecourse

Spectacular racing and the finest sporting hospitality at Scotland's only Grade 1 track. Ayr Racecourse is a VisitScotland 5 star visitor attraction & 2016 Sporting Venue of the Year.

We are renowned at Ayr Racecourse for providing some of the finest hospitality at any sporting venue in the UK. Let us entertain you at Scotland's Premier Racecourse.

The Gold Cup is the richest flat race in Scotland with a total prize fund of £200,000 in 2016. One of the truly exciting races of the flat season in the UK with 25 horses hurtling down the home straight and the winner crossing the line around 70 second after leaving the stalls. Past winners include Lochsong in 1992, a horse that twice won the Cartier Award as top European sprinter and in 1993 was voted European Horse of the Year. In 2016 Brando, running off a mark of 110, became the highest rated horse ever to win the Gold Cup ridden by Tom Eaves and giving trainer Kevin Ryan his fourth success in the race following Advanced (2007), Our Jonathan (2011) and captain Ramius (2012) Upwards of £20 million has already been spent on a whole host of improvements. The Princess Royal Exhibition, Banqueting and Conference Centre over four floors boasts excellent facilities including the £4.5 million Ayrshire Suite, opened in April 2008. There are two fine dining restaurants - The Roman Warrior and The Chancellor Restaurant. And the private boxes on the third floor of the Princess Royal have all been upgraded. The former HQ of and meeting place of the Western Meeting Club, Western House was transformed at a cost of more than £4 million into a four star hotel in 2005 and has won a host of awards since then including Scottish Wedding Hotel of the Year 2007 and 2008. The paddock area of the racecourse has also been extensively upgraded with the parade ring moving nearer to the course and spacious Champagne Gardens have been created in the paddock lawn adjacent to the Weighing Room. What was a sleeping giant has now become a vibrant multi purpose business.


2-6 Whitletts Road, ,
Ayr, Ayrshire, KA8 0JE


01292 264179


Sign upfor Exclusive Offers

Plan Your Wedding

Plan your dream day with the wedding experts at the Gailes Hotel. Simply fill out and submit the form below and a member of our Wedding Team will be in contact.

The personal information on this contact form is only used in relation to the subject detailed and will not be used for future marketing purposes unless you specifically request it by accepting the opt in below. If you decide not to opt in your information will only be held in accordance to our privacy policy which can be viewed below.

I wish to receive further information and news from your business and give permission for my details to be used for these purposes.

Restaurant Booking

Marine Drive · Irvine · Ayrshire · KA11 5AE  ·  Tel: 01294 204040

Choose Your Language