Ayton is a small town located in the historic county of Berwickshire, today part of the Scottish Borders region. It is on the Eye Water, from which it is said to take its name: Ayton means ‘Eye-town’. It contains the former ancient tollbooth or town hall with a clock tower, a large branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, a Post Office, a pub and a shop.
It is located near the East Coast Main Line railway line, which runs between London, King’s Cross and Edinburgh, Waverley station, the closest station being Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The A1 (Great North Road) originally ran through the heart of the village, but during the 1980s a bypass was built to the East of the village. Ayton was the location of a coaching inn on the road between London and Edinburgh.