Grand National Travel

The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival is due to run on 17 and 18 April, at the Ayr Racecourse in the town of Ayr. Ayr – or Inbhir Àir in Scottish Gaelic – is a port town in South Ayreshire, on the west coast of the Scottish lowlands. The adjoining town of Prestwick is known for its golf and its aviation industry.

For details of where you can choose to stay when you attend the Scottish Grand National, visit our Ayr accommodation page.

Getting to Ayr Racecourse

By Air

Ayr Racecourse is only a 15-minute drive from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, which supports flights to several destinations throughout Europe. Ayr is also only 35 miles away from Glasgow Airport, which serves destinations in Europe, America, and the Middle East.

The airport at Prestwick has its own railway station, which you reach via a walkway over the A79 road from the terminal. From there, trains to Ayr – which is on the Ayrshire Coast Line – leave every half hour from Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays.

By Road

Three main roads serve the town of Ayr. The A79 links the center of Ayr to Prestwick, the A77 (M77) by-pass connects Ayr to Glasgow and Stanraer, and the A70 runs from Ayr to Edinburgh.

Glasgow is 35 miles from Ayr, and Edinburgh is 90 miles from Ayr.

By Rail

There is a regular, reliable rail service from Glasgow Central station to the railway station in Ayr, which is just a 5-minute drive by road from Ayr Racecourse. Rail services provided by SPT/First ScotRail also operate between Ayr and Stranraer, Girvan, Kilmarnock and Newcastle.

By Ferry

Stena Line ferries run from the town of Troon, which is a 15-minute drive from Ayr, to Belfast. A ferry link also exists from Cairnryan to Stranraer and from there to Ireland.

By Bus

Buses run at regular intervals from the Ayr town centre to Ayr Racecourse.