Ayr Castle

yr castle is the seat of royal authority in Kyle and the burgh of Ayr. Although a small pile in comparison to others nearby, such as Turnberry or Bothwell, it has capably defended Ayr and the surrounding countryside since construction was completed in anno domini 1210.

Royal Functions

Ayr castle was only a periodic residence of the old king, and his son has yet to visit. However, it has served as the seat of the Sheriff of Ayr since the completion of the keep. In the great hall, the sheriff hears cases, levies fines, passes on royal proclamations and otherwise sees to the governance of the shire.


The castle courtyard is small, and the curtain wall is relatively low and features only two towers. The keep, however, is as strong as any in Scotland, and a determined defender would be difficult to dislodge.

Royal funds only provide for a tiny garrison - two crossbowmen and a porter-at-arms. This is usually bolstered by a handful of knights serving their allotted time in service of their overlord. The townsfolk of Ayr have learned to regard anything more than a score of men-at-arms in the castle as a sign that relations between the king and the Earl of Carrick have deteriorated once again.

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