River Ayr

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River Ayr (Uisge Air)
River Ayr, Old Barskimming Bridge, Mauchline, Ayrshire.JPG
The River Ayr near Mauchline
Country Scotland
Counties Ayrshire
 - left Lugar Water, Garpel Water
 - right Greenock Water
Cities Ayr, Catrine, Muirkirk
Landmarks Ayr Beach, Peden's Cove, Glenbuck Loch
Source Glenbuck Loch
 - location Muirkirk, Scotland
Mouth Ayr Harbour, Firth of Clyde
 - location Ayr, Scotland
Length 65 km (40 mi)

The River Ayr (pronounced like air, Uisge Àir in Gaelic) is a river in Ayrshire, Scotland. At 65 km (40 mi) it is the longest river in the county.


The River Ayr has a watershed area of 574 km2 (222 sq mi).

The river originates at Glenbuck Loch in East Ayrshire, close to the border with Lanarkshire. It winds its way through East and South Ayrshire to its mouth at the town of Ayr, where it empties into the Firth of Clyde.

On its way, the river passes through the villages of Muirkirk, Sorn, Catrine, Failford, Stair and Annbank, as well as passing the location of (the now ruined) Ayr Castle. The largest settlements being Ayr, Cumnock, Catrine, Ochiltree, Muirkirk and Sorn.

Major land uses within the catchment area are agriculture, forestry, mining, leisure and recreation and urban development.


Principal tributaries include:


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Coordinates: 55°30′N 4°41′W / 55.500°N 4.683°W / 55.500; -4.683