Ayrshire food trail: where to get the best seafood along the coast

  • The List
  • 20 July 2018
Ayrshire Food Trails: Coastal & Seafood Trail

Where to find fish and shellfish around Ayrshire and Arran, fresh from the sea or expertly cooked and presented

With long sandy beaches and spectacular sea views, dramatic cliffs, undulating golf links and a string of coastal towns and villages, the identity of Ayrshire and Arran is intimately tied into its coastline on the Firth of Clyde. Add to this list of connections the great seafood you can find around the region, sometimes sourced from local waters, elsewhere gathered from the riches on offer from other parts of Scotland.

Find fresh fish and shellfish on sale at local fishmongers C Fayre in Largs and J Pieroni in Ayr, or head to Fencebay & Fins, an all-in-one farm shop, smokehouse and seafood restaurant just outside Fairlie. There's a contemporary take on fish and chips at the Fish Works takeaway on the prom at Largs, while MacCallums of Troon has fish and chips from its Wee Hurrie takeaway alongside their more formal Oyster Bar. Nearby, Troon marina is the setting for the stylish seafood dishes served at Scotts, while Si! Shack @ The Waterside at Seamill by West Kilbride offers a pleasantly informal maritime-themed seafood hut with great views over to Arran.

On the island, new opening Mara at Corrie is another seafood shack and takeaway looking to support sustainable local fishing. For a couple of more traditional approaches to the art of cooking and serving the catch of the day, the Ship Inn is a favourite for pub meals in Irvine, while at Maidens just north of Turnberry is the long-established Wildings, a coastal restaurant well known for its seafood specialities.

All venues featured on the Ayrshire Larder Food Map.

A Mara Fish Bar and Deli
Shore Road, Corrie, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8JB
A simple seafood shack and takeaway opening in early summer 2018 that's setting out to source fish and shellfish from local suppliers and to support sustainable fishing.
B The Fish Works
3 The Promenade, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8BG
An attractive, contemporary fish-and-chip takeaway on Largs prom, serving the classics alongside calamari, local langoustine and fish-finger butties.
C C Fayre
25 Aitken Street, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8AT
Traditional family fishmongers and online shop selling a good range of fish from local waters and further afield.
D Fencebay & Fins
Fencefoot Farm, Fairlie, North Ayrshire, KA29 0EG
A food chain in its own right, this small complex includes a farm shop, smokehouse and seafood restaurant, The Catch at Fins, as well as hosting a monthly market.
E The Waterside
Ardrossan Road, Seamill, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, KA23 9NG
Simpsinns's smart coastal property with a New England inspired feel which extends to the shellfish studded restaurant menu and Si! Shack takeaway in the grounds.
F Wildings Hotel & Restaurant
Harbour Road, Maidens, South Ayrshire, KA26 9NR
Fairly unassuming hotel and restaurant in the village of Maidens with a traditional but smart approach, set-price menus and a focus on seafood.
G The Ship Inn
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA12 8PZ
Dating back to the 1500s, the oldest pub in Irvine marks international cuisines in celebratory evenings plus a regular menu bolstered by grills, pies and sandwiches.
H MacCallum’s of Troon
Harbour Road, Troon, South Ayrshire, KA10 6DH
Long-standing fishmongers-run seafood restaurant on the harbourside at Troon.
I Scotts
Troon Yacht Haven, Harbour Road, Troon, South Ayrshire, KA10 6DJ
With gorgeous views out to the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig, this stylish restaurant from the Buzzworks group offers everything from a light lunch to a supper selection.
J J Pieroni and Sons Ltd
47-55 Peebles Street, Ayr, KA8 8DP
Fish processors and wholesale suppliers to many Ayrshire restaurants, Pieronis also run a retail shop with a range of fish, shellfish, poultry and game.
K MacCallums of Troon
71 Houldsworth Street, Glasgow, G3 8ED
Professional chefs and keen amateur food lovers swear by MacCallums wet-fish shop on Houldsworth Street, Finnieston. Alongside familiar fillets of sea bass and salmon are tanks of live lobster and crab, magnificent turbot and halibut, mountains of…