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Glenfairn House Care Home in Ayr

Racecourse Road, Ayr, Ayrshire, KA7 2UX
Dementia care
Mental health care
Nursing care
Palliative care
Residential care
Respite care

Care home admissions during the Covid-19 pandemic

Safe admissions into our care homes includes the option for new residents to self-isolate in the comfort of their own home for 11 days, before joining us in the care home where they will be tested for Covid-19 and supported to self-isolate for 3 more days until the result of the test is known.

A stone’s throw from Ayr Beach, our stunning Edwardian home is in a picturesque location. Set in the heart of a leafy residential area, many rooms upstairs in our nursing home boast sea views across to the Isle of Arran.

The older part of the home has period features, including high ceilings, ornate cornicing, bay windows and original stain glass windows. The modern part has views over the glorious gardens, which are exquisite and lovingly maintained. There is a large mature garden at the front and a vast landscaped garden at the rear of the home. Some of the downstairs bedrooms lead to smaller courtyard areas. These are all wheelchair accessible, so can be enjoyed by our residents with greater nursing care needs. Residents’ bedrooms, some of which have walk-in showers, are also beautiful and spacious.

We offer pre-bookable respite care stays for your loved one

Glenfairn House Care Home provides short-term pre-bookable respite care. We understand the importance of giving carers the flexibility to take some time for themselves to recharge, whilst loved ones receive a break of their own and the very best care. Please call the home on 01292 610770 to find out more about our short-term pre-bookable care breaks.

Care from the heart

Although grand in appearance, Glenfairn House has a wonderful welcoming, homely feel and that’s down to the established, experienced team, some of whom have worked here for 10 and even 20 years.

A thriving local community

Our nursing home is very much part of the local community. Staff regularly take residents on excursions. Whether enjoying afternoon tea with their fellow residents at Sanctuary Care’s Howard House Care Home in Kilmarnock, or driving along the coast to Girvan in South Ayrshire for a fish and chip supper - wrapped in newspaper of course! Summer picnics in the Carrick Hills are always popular and we often take residents to Largs for a pint or afternoon tea.

A short drive from the home is Burns Cottage and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, which our residents love to visit.

Further afield trips to The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world, near Falkirk, Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the award-winning transport museum – the Riverside Museum – are always popular attractions for our residents, as well as barge trips.

A hub of activity

Our activities team also organises wonderful activities within the home. Many of our ladies like to indulge in the regular pamper sessions. They can enjoy a massage, aromatherapy; have manicures or their make-up done for a special occasion. This can all be enjoyed in the comfort of their own bedrooms, which is ideal for those with greater nursing care needs.  

Our gardens are the perfect spot for summer activities, from bowls and other lawn games, to barbecues and afternoon tea. There is also a summer house which is a wonderful focal point for garden parties. We are also going to build raised beds, which will enable our residents who use wheelchairs to enjoy a spot of light gardening.

Glenfairn House also has a hair salon. Our full time hairdresser is always joined by her tiny dog Bonnie, whom our residents love to spend time with. The salon, with its traditional hood dryers, is a wonderful spot to socialise while being pampered.

Other popular activities are the home’s poetry group and animal therapy visits, which are especially therapeutic for our residents living with dementia.

Mealtimes are also a wonderfully social occasion. Head chef Diane has worked at the care home for over 20 years and knows exactly what our residents love to eat. She makes fresh soups daily with locally sourced ingredients and is a talented baker!

For the relatives of our residents living with dementia, we hold a regular support and awareness café. This gives loved ones the opportunity to gain an even deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It also enables them to spend time with people in a similar position to them.

Situated on the main Racecourse Road, the nursing home has excellent transport links. It is on a main bus route and is close to Ayr Train Station.

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Latest Care Inspectorate Report

31st January 2020

Glenfairn House, Ayr (PDF 354KB)

Stories from the home

Rainbows in the window at Glenfairn House

Our rainbows of hope

We are inspiring passers by with our messages and rainbows of hope, lovingly created by our residents and staff.

Rear garden at Glenfairn House in Ayr

Beautiful surroundings

Our stunning home is in a tranquil, picturesque coastal location. Our magnificent gardens are perfect for bowls, lawn games and afternoon tea.

Sanctuary Care resident talking to staff

Care from the heart

Our well established team - dedicated to enriching our residents’ lives.

Tea room at Glenfairn House in Ayr

Delicious home-cooking

Our head chef Diane is also a talented baker.

Facilities at this home


  • Dining room
  • Double rooms
  • Ensuite
  • Garden
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Lounges
  • Period features
  • Summer house
  • Wheelchair accessible garden
  • Wifi


  • Arts and crafts
  • Bingo
  • Children visits
  • Community events
  • Day trips
  • Light exercise
  • Live entertainment
  • Minibus
  • Pamper sessions

Care and support

  • Dental care
  • Hairdressing
  • Home cooked meals
  • Key worker
  • Optical care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Respite Care
Care staff

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New residents can either self-isolate in their own home before coming to the care home, or join us and then self-isolate*.

Sanctuary Care new admissions information

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Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Adult Social Care Winter Plan) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 21 September 2020

Update from Sarah Clarke-Kuehn (Visiting) – Group Director Sanctuary Care 14 September 2020

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