As you might expect the town developed at the mouth of the river Ayr, - a strong
river and safe anchorage.
Much of the major development started from the 1700's onwards. In 1713 the Ratton
Quays were rebuilt and in 1724-30 they were once again restored, found on both sides
of the river mouth. Docks were added in the 1800's, in 1873 the Wet Dock was installed
while in 1883 the Slip Dock was built.
The fishermen and ships such as the Waverley used the southern side of the harbour.
While the northern side was used for the movement of coal and other freight traffic.
Robert Paton built the small lighthouse in 1841, which is still to be found at Ayr