Situated on the West Coast of Scotland at the entrance to the Firth of Clyde, the Port of Ayr has easy access to rail networks and via trunk roads to the M77 for Glasgow, M8 for Edinburgh, and M74 for links to Northern England.

To download a pdf of the Port of Ayr port plan, please click here.

Dry bulks

  • 18,000 sq m of storage for dry bulks

  • Bagging and blending facilities

  • Handles salt, aggregates, sand, and animal feed

  • Imports from Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, and mainland Europe 

Forest products

  • Handles around 200,000 tonnes of forest products each year

  • Operates successful short-sea timberLINK transportation service 

General cargo

  • Over 17,000 sq m of storage for weather-sensitive cargoes

  • 2.7 ha of open storage

  • Handles wide range of general cargo and scrap metals

  • Ideally suited for special-project cargoes such as heavy lifts or wind-energy support 

Minerals and ores

  • 5,000 sq m of storage space

  • two rail tracks for coal exports

  • Train-loading service with fully mechanised wagon-discharge facility

  • Handles imported bulk for Scottish glass-making industry

  • Can discharge 4,000 tonnes of rock salt in under four hours 

Passengers and cruises

  • Surrounded by spectacular western Scotland scenery and world-leading golf courses

  • Provides two 23 m pontoons that accommodate up to two ships' tenders

  • Special reception packages for cruise liners

  • Extensive car parking and marshalling facilities 

Key statistics and berthing information

  • 558,000 tonnes handled in 2010

  • Total port acreage = 40 acres



Normal acceptance dimension of vessels

Dock, Jetty or Quay

Quay length

Depth of Water




Approx. dwt

Griffin Dock

610 m

6.0 m

95 m

18 m

5.8 m


River berths

549 m

6.7 m

110 m

No restriction

6.2 m


Port Office

North Harbour Street

Ayr, KA8 8AH

Tel: +44(0)1292 281 687