Scottish International Airshow

The Scottish International Airshow

1st & 2nd September 2018

The Swiss F/A 18 was the first aircraft to be announced for the show

The former 'Scottish Airshow' retains the newer 'Scottish International Airshow' title and two-day format for 2018. There will be no evening display this year, although after-dusk flying is due to return in 2020.

This year there will be two full days of flying along Ayr seafront on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring the best from the UK, including the Red Arrows, the Lancaster and the noisy Typhoon as well as the superb F/A-18 from the Swiss Air Force: and plenty more, as listed in the table.

On the ground expect a funfair; Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ('STEM') Pavilion; unobstructed comfort seating (chargeable), enthusiast areas, military villages, marketplace and other attractions both here and in Ayr town.


An earlier airshow in Ayrshire closed in the early 1990's but, following the closure of the show at Leuchars in 2013, flying returned to the area in 2014 as ‘The Scottish Airshow’.

The first dusk flying was in 2016, followed by a full day's flying on the Saturday. In 2017 the show lost its flying after dark but stretched to a two-day Saturday and Sunday show.

Due to fly (all both days except RAF Falcons)
F/A-18C (Swiss Air Force)
Red Arrows Sat & Sun at 17.40
Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane (BBMF)
Sea Fury T-20Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (Royal Navy Historic Flight)

Classic Formation comprising DC3 and 3 Beech 18s
RAF Falcons (Sunday)
Global Stars
Catalina flying boat
Lauren Wilson Pitts Special
De Havilland Dragonfly
Scottish Aviation Bulldog
De Havilland Chipmunk
Boeing Stearman
Calidus autogyro
Extra 300
Search And Rescue helicopter and lifeboat
Cessna 172 Sea Plane
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints


Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Use sat Nav KA7 2XA until you get close, but ignore the sat nav in favour of local directions signs as soon as you see them. There are links to route planners in the Travel Advice column if you prefer to plan ahead or don't have sat nav.

By coach

National Express service 920 goes from London to Kilmarnock, via Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Carlisle and Ayr plus immediate stops, with connecting services from Northern Ireland. You can download a timetable.

By Train

There is a railway station at Ayr. The Low Green is about 5 minutes from the station by taxi or 20 minutes on foot.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.

Travel Advice

Road traffic updates
Highways Agency
Incidents and enquiries
National Railway Map
DIY pocket timetable
Journey planning by public transport
Route planners (Road)
Bing (Microsoft)

Accommodation near the show

It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.

There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.

Expedia lists a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. They also give, and take, Nectar points.

Click the blue Expedia name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into the link but when the list comes up you do have to enter your dates and adjust the number of rooms and guests, if necessary.

There are two nearby Premier Inn hotels, one at the racecourse, about 3 miles out of town, and one at the airport, about 6 miles away.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Ayr weather forecast from the UK Met Office

The Met office seven-day forecast includes maximum, minimum and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind direction, gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's five-day forecast has overall conditions including temperatures, UV range and a description that may help to determine how pleasant the day will be for the visitor.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

2018 Show Basics

1 - 2 September 2018

Airshow links

Airshow's web site


Not essential as this is a free show but
Tickets can be purchased for 'unobstructed viewing', for photography areas and for parking.


Car Park 09:30
Show opens 10:00
Flying starts noon on Saturday and 11:00 on Sunday
Flying ends 18.10
Show closes 18:20
Car Parks Close 19:00


For links to travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting there' tab