Visiting Our Whisky Shop
Please note that following national advice concerning social distancing and in order to protect our staff, we’ve taken the difficult decision to close our Whisky Shop with effect from 6pm on Friday 20 March 2020.
We will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Explore Scotch whisky and its fascinating heritage when you visit our home on the West Coast of Scotland, where a warm welcome awaits you at the A. D. Rattray Whisky Shop.
Located in the heart of Ayrshire, you will find us within the beautifully renovated old village school in Kirkoswald, less than an hour South of Glasgow.
Established in 1868, discover more about A. D. Rattray, our story, our history and our whiskies. Learn how we work with distilleries from across Scotland, sourcing interesting single casks and spirit, and view our working Sample Room, where our casks are meticulously evaluated for quality.
As single cask whiskies are at the heart of what we do, you will find two casks “on tap” in our Cask Room. Take in the atmosphere of a traditional whisky warehouse and taste whisky straight from the cask. Have a bottle filled from the cask and sealed in wax, add your hand-written label to complete your personalised whisky.
Escape into the world of A. D. Rattray when you book one of our Tasting Experiences. Relax in our tasting room as you nose and taste single cask and single malt whiskies. Your host is there to guide you whether you’re already a whisky-lover or enjoying your first dram. Alternatively, learn about Scotland’s other popular craft spirit with a Scottish gin tasting experience.
Browse and sample an ever-changing range of A. D. Rattray whiskies in our shop, including many shop exclusives like our House Malt and Warehouse Collection. You will also find a selection of whiskies from the local distilleries, Scottish gins, liqueurs, books, cigars, glassware and accessories.
Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm all year
Sundays from 12 Noon to 5pm during April-December
Good to know
- Under-18s are welcome when accompanied by adults.
- Dog friendly.
- English, German and Finnish languages spoken.
- Free car park.
- Customer toilets.
It's completely free to drop in and visit our whisky shop. There are no formal tours however our friendly team are always on hand to help you discover more about our favourite subject, whisky. For our Tasting Experiences, we require pre-booking and pre-payment. We look forward to meeting you soon.
You’ll find us on the A77 in the village of Kirkoswald, approximately 14 miles south of Ayr or 50 miles from Glasgow.
You can get a train from Ayr or Girvan to Maybole followed by a 10-minute taxi or bus journey. You can find up-to-date train information and timetables on the ScotRail website by clicking here.
You can get the number 60 bus from Ayr or Girvan to Kirkoswald with the bus stopping 100 metres from our entrance. The bus is operated by Stagecoach with information and timetables available by clicking here.
We are in a rural area so the availability of taxis can be limited. There are a number of local taxi companies however we strongly advise that you pre-book your journey with them well in advance.
You are very welcome to cycle to us and we are located near to Route No.7 of the National Cycle Network. However please note that this route takes you partly along the A77 which can be very busy, especially with larger trucks. We would recommend following one of the quieter local routes and details of those can be found here.
Tourist Driving Routes
We are situated on two great driving routes that can help you make the most of your visit. Both routes are circular so you can join and leave them at any point.
The Coig - The Shire Route
Gaelic for ‘five’ – The Coig is a series of five touring routes around Ayrshire, the Clyde Coast and Clyde Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Each route is designed to showcase the area’s natural beauty, outdoor adventure, history, heritage and nature. Perfect for everything from day trips to longer breaks.
South West Coastal 300
The South West Coastal 300 is a stunningly scenic 300 mile road trip around the South West of Scotland. If you are looking for breathtaking scenery, enchanting coastlines and new things to do and see, this is the road trip for you.
Our car park has designated disabled parking and ramped access to the front door. We are fully accessible with level access throughout and one step from our shop into our cask room. Fully accessible customer toilet facilities are also available. You can read our access guide by clicking here.