the local area

the area which hosts the smoking goat is steeped in a rich and extremely interesting history.

ayr's position at the mouth of the river ayr & the firth of clyde estuary brought great wealth to the area by virtue of pursuits such as ship building and importing & exporting.

its position was also seen as strategically important enough for ayr castle to be built in 1197 by william the lion. the castle was captured and recaptured by many famous names throughout the centuries. the site on which it stood is now private gardens behind the Ayr Academy school. nothing remains of the castle itself.

in 1315 the first parliament of scotland was held by robert the bruce at st john's tower which is still standing and a stone's throw from the smoking goat.

various notable figures have trod the ground in this historic area of ayr over the centuries including king haakon IV of Norway, william wallace, edward I of England, robert the bruce, oliver cromwell, and robert burns.