The Ayrshire ice cream trail

The Ayrshire ice cream trail

Ayrshire brown and white cows help supply the region with creamy, fresh milk. Here’s where to sample the best of Ayrshire’s ice cream

For an area with such a rich history in dairy farming and production, it’s perhaps little wonder that ice cream making is booming in Ayrshire.

You can sample scoops in common and exotic flavours galore up and down the region. In the north west there’s Nardini’s of Largs, and also Geraldo’s on Largs High Street, the Lime Tree Larder near Glengarnock, Sorbie Farm Dairies outside of Ardrossan and Wester Highgate Farmhouse Ice Cream near Beith.

In the countryside further south you’ll find Woody’s Ice Cream based at Killoch Farm, Galston, Ayrshire Farmhouse Ice-Cream near Mauchline, and Costley’s Ice Cream at Souter’s Inn in Kirkoswald. In Ayr itself there’s the famous veteran Italian family gelato dynasties Renaldo’s and Mancini’s, while Kilmarnock has one too in the form of Varani’s Forum Café.

You can even get a good locally-made lick of ice cream across the Firth of Clyde on Arran, where Arran Dairies operate out of Brodick.

Arran Dairies Ltd

Market Road Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, KA27 8AU

Arran Dairies Ltd use only milk from dairy cows grazed on the grasslands in the south of Arran for Arran dairy ice cream. Marketed primarily through Taste of Arran, a group of food producers based on the Isle of Arran, by modern standards this is a…

Ayrshire Farmhouse Ice Cream

Catrine House, Mauchline, East Ayrshire, KA5 5JY

Fresh milk and cream from their own herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows and local free range eggs are what makes Willy and Jo Templeton's traditional farmhouse ice cream taste so good. Based at Catrine House, Ice Cream Parlour, Tea Room and Farm Shop, they…

Costley's Patisserie & Chocolatier

158 Main Street, Prestwick, South Ayrshire, KA9 1PB

Chocolates and truffles made at the Prestwick patisserie/café, supplied to the whole Costley chain and sold online and from a shop at Souter's Inn, Kirkoswald.


26–28 Main Street, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8AB

Geraldo's manufacture their ice cream on-site and sell a variety of other, high quality confectionery.

Lime Tree Larder

Auchencloigh Farm, Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, KA25 7LJ

Chocolates, ice-cream and preserves made and sold on the farm. Chocolate-making workshops, plus monthly Sundae Weekends.

Mancini's of Ayr

11 - 15 New Road, Ayr, KA8 8DA

Scots-Italian company Mancini’s has been in business for more than 100 years and four generations, trading out of the same shop at 11 New Road, Ayr, continuously since 1925. Among over 200 varieties of dairy and non-dairy ice-cream and fresh fruit…


The Esplanade Cafe, 2 Greenock Road, Largs, North Ayrshire, KA30 8NF

One of Scotland's most famous seaside cafés, Nardini's is an ambitious operation with its enormous revived-Deco interior, an ice-cream parlour, Italian bakery and Italian restaurant. In collaboration with Glasgow restaurateur Toni Macaroni since 2011…


98 Sandgate, Ayr, KA7 1BX

This ice cream parlour is something of an institution in Sandgate. After generations of family ownership since the 1920s, Renaldo’s Old Fashioned Italian Ices is now owned by wife and husband Linda and Silvio Galli. With no additives and 97% fat-free…

Sorbie Farm Dairies

Sorbie Farm, Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, KA22 7NP

Now run by Alan Hogarth, this traditional dairy, previously owned by father and grandfather, has the motto 'From Cow to Door in 24'. They've been producing milk since the 1950s and now, instead of selling to large buyers, they bottle on the farm and…

Wester Highgate Farmhouse Ice Cream

Wester Highgate Cottage, Beith, North Ayrshire, KA15 1HX


Ayrshire Glen, Killoch Farm, Galston, East Ayrshire, KA4 8NL

Killoch Farm in the heart of Ayrshire is home to Woody’s Ice Cream. Jill Woodburn and her family produce over 50 varieties of ice-cream, fresh fruity sorbets and almost fat-free frozen yoghurts. Made daily in small batches, with creamy milk from their…