Ayrshire’s best chip shops

Ayrshire’s best chip shops

A handy round-up of the area’s best chippies in Ayrshire

Even though the local fishing industry has declined, Ayr’s long coastline lends itself to opportunities to enjoy the traditional fresh Scottish chippie by the water.

All the big towns are well-served, for example Irvine with the well-established Enzo’s (72 Ayr Road), where they fry local haddock in beef dripping for a distinctive ‘west coast taste’, as they call it. The newer Marco’s (34 Caldon Road) is Enzo’s kept-in-the-family sister outlet, while the Ship Inn sells takeout fish and chips through the Wee Catch (120–122 Harbour Street).

Other favourites include Troon’s Wee Hurrie (Harbour Road), sister chippie of the Wee Fry in Glasgow’s Bearsden, Graziano’s Harbour Café (37 Knockushan Street) in Girvan and Ayr’s 50-year-old and very well-regarded Dino’s (49 Maybole Road).

The Isle of Arran isn’t too well served for fish and chip shops, however, so at least Hooked and Cooked (The Pier, Brodick) fill the gap in two ways – they run a regular chip shop in Brodick and also a chippy van which regularly tours the island, with stops announced on Facebook in advance.

A Graziano's Harbour Café
37 Knockushan Street, Girvan, South Ayrshire, KA26 9AG
Classic chippie and adjoining sit-down café by the harbourside with a traditional menu of deep-fried delights.
B 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.
C MacCallum’s of Troon
Harbour Road, Troon, South Ayrshire, KA10 6DH
Long-standing fishmongers-run seafood restaurant on the harbourside at Troon.
D Enzo's Fish & Chips
72 Ayr Road, Irvine, North Ayrshire, KA12 8DL
Owned by Marco Edge and named after his son, Enzo's is a high-flying fish and chip shop which has garnered a lot of local praise since opening in 2012. Its flashy frontage and uniformed staff combined with a passion for sustainable fishing gives it the…