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, yet to be revealed.
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 unless stated)|
|F/A-18C (Swiss Air Force)|
|Red Arrows Sat & Sun at 17.40|
|Typhoon (Saturday only)|
|Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane (BBMF)|
|Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (Royal Navy Historic Flight)|
|Classic Formation comprising DC3 and 3 Beech 18s|
|RAF Falcons (Sunday)|
|Global Stars (both days)|
|All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints|
More information including a full flying list will be here when details are announced.
Getting to the Show
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.
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.
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.
Trivago will list competitive prices for a range of hotels, but they might not necessarily find them all, because some chains do not subscribe to their service. You may also get a better rate if you book direct with an hotel, especially if you are a member of a loyalty or rewards scheme.
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
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.