Traffic Scotland issue travel advise ahead this weekends Scottish Airshow!

The Scottish International Airshow is taking place on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday 3rd of September at Ayr.

On Saturday the 2nd the doors open to spectators at 10am with the event concluding at 6pm. Saturday includes air displays from the RAF Typhoon fighter, the Battle of Britain memorial flight – Lancaster Spitfire Hurricane. On Sunday the 3rd doors open to visitors at 10am with air displays from the Red Arrows aerobatic team with the display coming to a close at 5:30pm.

We expect traffic on the A77 and A78 trunk roads to be busier than usual around Ayr and Prestwick Airport.

For more information please visit the Scottish International Airshow or the South Ayrshire Council website to see what is on offer at the event. Visit Twitter @ScotINTAir, @southayrshire or search #ScotAir2017. You can also check up on the latest traffic and travel news by searching #ScotAirshowTravel.

Whether you’re attending this event or not make sure you plan your journey in advance by visiting @trafficscotland on Twitter and checking our website features below to avoid delays.

Make sure to check your route before you travel by visiting our Current Incidents page.

Live traffic cameras are available on the Traffic Scotland website which allows users to monitor the roads live before a journey begins. Make sure you search by ‘road’ and not ‘region’ to find the most relevant camera for your route.

Another feature available on the website is the Journey Times tab which allows users to search their routes providing them with delay information which may affect your journey.

Will roadworks affect your journey? On the website we have a current Roadworks page and a Planned Roadworks page so you can check ahead and plan your journey accordingly.

Are you considering travelling by public transport? For real-time bus, air, sea and rail departure times, local road traffic restrictions and details of car share schemes across Scotland visit our Travel Information Links page.

You can listen to Traffic Scotland Radio for information on trunk and non-trunk routes that may affect your journey.

Download the Traveline Scotland app to your phone or tablet which provides live road updates, weather issues, journey planning, map views, public transport information and much more to help you travel safely and efficiently.

As there will be a number of road closures and parking restrictions during the weekend events, it is recommended that plan your journey in advance.

Both Ayr and Glasgow Prestwick Airport have excellent direct rail and bus links. Please visit Traveline Scotland or use the Journey Planner to help plan your trip from anywhere in Scotland. From elsewhere in the UK or abroad, please visit GoEuro.

Further information including maps can be found on the South Ayrshire Council website.

Travelling by Public Transport

South Ayrshire is served by great links by road, rail, sea or air, giving visitors lots of choice about how to get here and how to get around.

By Rail

Travelling short distance by rail:

ScotRail provide regular services to Ayr.

From Ayr Train Station, it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the Low Green (the site of the Scottish International Airshow). Signs will be in place and ScotRail staff will be on hand to help.

Trains will have more carriages on both days with some extra trains running on Sunday 3rd September between 5:00pm – 7:00pm, queuing systems will be in operation, therefore, please allow extra time for travel as trains will be busier than normal. Please ensure you buy your tickets before you board.

Ayr station car park will be closed late Friday evening (1st September).

The car park will remain closed on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September. The car park off Station road (platform 4 side) will remain open.

For full details on train times and tickets, please ScotRail’s official website or call 0344 811 0141.

Travelling longer distance by rail:

Virgin Trains run the west coast service and ScotRail run a service on the west coast main line from England.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

A taxi rank is located at the front of Ayr train station. Private taxis also operate locally.

By Bus

Ayr bus station is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the Low Green.

Travelling a short distance by Bus:

Stagecoach provides regular services to Ayr.

Travelling longer distance by Bus:

National Express provides coach services from several cities in England and Wales.

Megabus, owned by Stagecoach, also provides similar return services to Scotland from destinations in England.

Scottish Citylink also provides a service from England to Scotland.

By Sea

Ayr is served by the Port of Troon (approx 12 miles), Ardrossan (approx 25 miles) and Cairnryan (approx 45 miles)

By Air

Ayr is served by Glasgow Prestwick Airport (approx 5 miles), Glasgow Airport (approx 40 miles) and Edinburgh Airport (approx 76 miles).

Travelling By Road

Given the high number of spectators expected, the surrounding roads network will be extremely busy, therefore, please remember to leave plenty of time for your journey.

By Car

To ensure the best possible flow of traffic, all motorists are advised to use the designated traffic routes, which will be clearly signposted. Visitors and spectators are advised to turn off their satellite navigation systems and follow the appropriate signage.

There are specially designed exit routes from the official car park, please follow the signs for the quickest route out of Ayr.

Please be aware that due to the high volume of traffic, there may be some delays.

Temporary restrictions may be in place along your route, therefore, ensure you follow any temporary signage or information in place at all times. Please plan your journey in advance.

Ayr is well served by major trunk roads. The M77 runs from Glasgow to Ayr, once you get to Ayr, follow the signs to the official Airshow car parks.

From Glasgow (Edinburgh and North)

West on M8, South on M77, A77, until roundabout junction to A719 then follow A719 and signs into Ayr. Follow the signs to the official Airshow car parks.

Leaving the Airshow, follow the special exit signs from the official car park and NOT your satnav. This will take you out of Ayr on the quickest possible route.

From Dumfries (Carlisle and the South)

North on A76 (A74), A70 continue into Ayr on the A70 and follow the signs to the official Airshow car parks.

Leaving the Airshow, follow the special exit signs from the official car park and NOT your satnav. This will take you out of Ayr on the quickest possible route.

Dedicated Airshow car parks will be signposted, please follow signage, not your Sat Nav.

Purchase your tickets in advance to skip queues -

Road Closures and Restrictions

Due to the volume of traffic heading to the Airshow, a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order will be in force for the duration of the event. This means there will be changes to some of the usual traffic regulations in the lead-up to, during and after the Scottish International Airshow.

For example, some roads might be closed or restricted to one-way traffic; you might not be able to park where you normally can, or speed limits may be reduced in certain places.

The temporary changes have been introduced in the interests of road safety and to help ensure traffic and pedestrians can get where they need to safely and securely.

Road Closures

The following roads will be closed from 00:01 hours on Friday 1st September 2017 until 23:59 hours on Sunday 3rd September 2017:

  • Blackburn Drive (from Blackburn Road to The Esplanade)

  • The Esplanade (from Blackburn Drive to Pavilion Road)

The following roads will be closed from 00:01 hours on Saturday 2nd September 2017 until 23:59 hours on Sunday 3rd September 2017:

  • Bath Place (from Wellington Square to The Esplanade)

  • Blackburn Drive (from Blackburn Road to Seafield Road)

  • Blackburn Road (from Blackburn Drive to Westfield Road)

  • Pavilion Road (from Wellington Square to The Esplanade)

  • The Esplanade (from Pavilion Road to Charlotte Street)

  • Wellington Square

Turning Restrictions

Turning restrictions will be in place after the flying has finished on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September.

  • No right turn from Maybole Road on to A77

  • No right turn from Doonfoot Road on to A77

  • No right turn leaving the Old Racecourse car park on to Doonfoot Road

  • No left turn from Carwinshoch View to Doonfoot Road

Traffic management will be at these junctions and drivers are asked to follow direction from personnel there.


The official Airshow car park located at the Old Racecourse, Racecourse Road is recommended. One day parking passes are available at £10 (plus booking fee), please book in advance at

For pre-allocated car parking for one vehicle on one date at the Old Racecourse car park, follow the signs.

Parking on the shore front (Blackburn Car Park) along from Blackburn Road is only available to Blue Badge Holders, motorbikes and traders. Please visit Tickets page of the official website for more information.

Leaving the Airshow – follow the special exit signs from the official car park and NOT your satnav. This will take you out of Ayr on the quickest possible route

Residents Parking

All streets between Racecourse Road and the Esplanade are for parking by residents only, and signage will be in place.

Parking Restrictions

Many streets (Ayr and Prestwick) will have parking restrictions from 07:00 hours on Saturday 2nd September 2017 until 21:00 hours on Sunday 3rd September 2017.

For full detail, please visit South Ayrshire Council website.

Accessibility Information

There will be a limited number of accessible parking spaces for blue badge holders available at Blackburn Car Park. Please follow event signage for this car park. These spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Accessible toilet facilities will be available nearby.

Blue Badge Viewing Area

A short distance along the promenade from the designated parking area there will be a Viewing Point where access is free for Blue Badge Holders. This will be on a first come first serve basis and spaces cannot be reserved.

Cycling and Walking

Another great way to get to the Airshow, particularly for locals is by bike or on foot. With easy access and some lovely scenery, it’s an enjoyable way to get around. To travel to Ayr by bike, follow Route 7 from Troon through Prestwick and continue along the National Cycle Network Route 7 towards Ayr.

Cyclists are encouraged to follow the cycle paths. Bikes can also be left at Ayr Train Station at the Active Travel Hub.

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