Food and drink in Ayrshire & Arran

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With 80 miles of unspoilt coastline and acres of wonderful farmland, it is not surprising that Ayrshire & Arran offers an excellent source of seasonal ingredients. From freshly caught seafood and succulent meats to mouth-watering cheeses, local beers and whiskies, there is something to suit all tastes.

Treat yourself to afternoon tea, dine in a Michelin-star restaurant or relax in the comfort of a cosy traditional pub.

If you're inspired by eating out across Ayrshire & Arran, what better way to sample, purchase and experience these flavours than at a farmers' market? Chat to the stallholders and discover a great range of everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to award-winning cheeses and ice creams, not forgetting succulent meats and seafood.

Ayrshire & Arran is also Burns country so the traditional dish of haggis is a popular addition to menus across the region. To round a hearty meal off perfectly enjoy a locally produced dram or beer from the Isle of Arran.

Come and experience the true taste of Ayrshire & Arran.


  • A seller serves up olives at the Continental Food Market, Ayr
    A seller serves up olives at the Continental Food Market, Ayr
  • Glenapp Castle in Ayshire which includes a Michelin-star restaurant
    Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae, Ayrshire
  • Jars of preserves made on the Isle of Arran by Arran Fine Foods
    Jars of preserves made on the Isle of Arran by Arran Fine Foods
A chef delicately prepares a special dish

Restaurants and places to eat

Find information on the many restaurants across Ayrshire & Arran where you can enjoy delicious food and drink.

The pumps of Arran Ale in a public house, Ayrshire

Bars and pubs

Discover the best bars and pubs in Ayrshire & Arran where you can experience the region’s fantastic range of food and drink.

The 'Arran platter' of cheeses, salmon, oatcakes, chutneys and bread

Local produce

Get a taste for Ayrshire & Arran and sample the delicious local produce on offer.

A seller with her produce at a farmers' market

Farmers’ markets

Discover farmers’ markets and farm shops throughout Ayrshire & Arran where you can purchase fresh regional favourites direct from the producers and get advice on how best to cook them.

Bottles of ale, brewed on the Isle of Arran

Drink attractions

Discover breweries and visitor centres in Ayrshire & Arran and enjoy a behind the scenes tour.

Whisky barrels at the Isle of Arran Distillery at Lochranza, Arran

Distilleries

Discover a whisky distillery and visitor centre in Ayrshire & Arran and learn the traditional techniques of making a Highland whisky with a behind the scenes tour.