About Western House Hotel

Western House Hotel in Ayr is a four star hotel situated in the heart of Burns Country and on the edge of Ayr Racecourse.

A string of awards have come the way of this stunning hotel in recent years including being voted No.1 Luxury Hotel 2015 by laterooms.com, receiving a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence 5 year Hall of Fame award, 2014 Most Romantic Hotel by laterooms.com and Scottish Wedding Hotel of the year 2007, 2008 and 2009 to name but a few.

Situated close to Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, Robert Burns Cottage and a string of championship golf courses including Royal Troon, Prestwick, Turnberry and Dundonald, Western House offers luxury four star accommodation in Ayr.

With a choice of 10 executive Rooms and Suites, and 39 superior courtyard rooms' set in beautiful gardens that include stunning water features Western House Hotel is ideal for golf breaks or for anyone who wishes to have a short break in Ayrshire.

Western House Hotel's reputation as the leading wedding venue in Ayr has been built on the back of many, many satisfied customers who enjoy holding their wedding in such magnificent surroundings including the Cathedral Ballroom.

The Jockey Club Restaurant in Western House is one of the top restaurants in Ayrshire. The Jockey Club offers full and varied lunch and dinner menus with locally sourced produce prepared by our team of top chefs.

It’s an exciting time here at Western House Hotel as we continue to plan our refurbishments! Now that our car parking areas are complete we are moving forward towards phase two, which will see our Courtyard Rooms begin their transformation at the end of 2018. Then in early 2019 our Cathedral Ballroom and remaining lounge areas will be refurbished.

Challenge 25

From 1st October 2011 in Scotland, the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 introduces a new mandatory condition for all premises licences and occasional licences requiring that there must be an age verification policy in relation to the sale of alcohol on the premises.

The law has set a minimum age of 25 years for the policy where it appears to the person selling the alcohol that the customer may be under the age of 25 years.

As a result of this change in the law, customers in any premises in Scotland licensed for the sale of alcohol, including pubs, clubs, restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores may be asked to produce identification where they appear under the age of twenty five to prove that they are over the age of eighteen and can lawfully purchase alcohol.

So, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol.  If you are under 18 you are committing an offence if you attempt to buy alcohol*.

*Other parts of the united Kingdom have their own legal requirements in relation to customers proving their age before purchasing age restricted products including alcohol.

Visit the Challenge25 website HERE to find out more

Green and Recyclable Business

Western House and Ayr Racecourse are striving to operate as a 'Green and Recyclable' business and have introduced a number of innovations to achieve this.

These include the use of low energy light bulbs, automatic power operation for the rooms and automatic switch off of all appliances and lights when leaving the rooms when the key card is removed.

Our hotel guests can play a part in helping us achieve a greener environment and we aks them to be as user friendly with the towels as possible.

Towels that guests wish to be replaced should be placed in the bath as this saves replacing them every day.

Many of our back of house areas have an automatic sensor to switch on the lights when entering the areas. We have an adapted heat recovery system where the lost heat from the kitchen extracts is re-used to help assist our air conditioning system throughout the hotel.

Every office and building throughout Western House Hotel and the Racecourse use a paper recycling collection and all waste from paper, food and drink is separated and collected.

We are one of the first businesses to have achieved the pass for the new environmental policies and we have been used as a case study by Zero Waste on how we have worked at reducing our waste and utilising our recycling.

The stunning gardens at Western House Hotel are beautifully manicured and we utilise or gardener's skills to grow plants from "pots to ground".

Food and liquor purchasing as far as possible is done from local companies so that our carbon footprint is kept to a minimum.

We can always do better and we are constantly working to ensure all areas can be as carbon, green and environmentally friendly and we ask all our guests and visitors to help us keep us on track!

Hotel History

Western House Hotel at Ayr Racecourse is a four star hotel just minutes from the centre of Ayr.

Built in 1920, within the grounds of Ayr Racecourse, the top racecourse in Scotland, it was formerly the home of the Clerk of the Course before becoming the headquarters of the Western Meeting Club.

In 2003 the Racecourse was taken over and Western House was restored and refurbished in 2005.

For hotel accommodation in Ayr this historic and elegant hotel is the perfect place to spend a luxury break.

Spent the weekend in the hotel for a family wedding and cannot praise the staff and accommodation highly enough. The hotel rooms are spacious and very comfortable, the staff are very attentive and friendly and the food delicious. The wedding was beautifully organised with great attention to detail making a very special occasion with wonderful memories that will last forever, a wonderful wedding venue. We have had a lovely, relaxing weekend and look forward to returning again. Thank you all so much.
Jan Schlechter