The name of the sheading is taken from it headland, now known as the Point of Ayre, and this name in turn is from the Old Norse "eyrr", meaning a shingle beach. The word typically refers to a storm beach forming a narrow spit of shingle or sand cutting across the landward and seaward ends of a shallow bay. This may partly cut off a sheltered stretch of water from the sea to form a shallow freshwater loch. This word is still in use for the particular landform in Orkney and in Shetland.
- Location map: 54°19’37"N, 4°26’38"W
- "Voes, Ayres and Beaches" Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 12 October 2007.