Environment & place
Troon is a designated bathing water, shown above in red. Bathing waters are designated where a large number of people are expected to bathe and a permanent bathing prohibition, or permanent advice against bathing, is not in place. Water quality here is monitored during the bathing season by SEPA, with daily forecasts published on their website. SEPA, Scottish Water and the council are always working to improve water quality. To find out more, view the Troon bathing water profile on the SEPA website.
Beach length: 2 km
Tidal zone: 0-320 m meters from the water's edge
Main tributaries: Pow Burn and Darley Burn empty into the north and south of the bay respectively, but there are no direct tributaries into this bathing water.
Catchment area: 4.3 km2 of land drains into this bathing water
Beach Manager: South Ayrshire Council
Community information: The Friends of Troon Beaches carry out regular litter picking on the beach. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Stay safe at the beach with this advice from RNLI.
2020 Survey results
Towards the end of this year's bathing season, we were able to visit the beaches to carry out a spot check of litter both on the prom and on the sand. Here's what we found:
Top items found:
Help us build a more accurate
- Plastic snack packets (crisps, sweets etc)
- Plastic pieces
- Wooden forks/lolly sticks/stirrers
- Plastic caps & lids
Help us build a more accurate picture of the beach by carrying out a litter survey using our citizens science pack.
We also asked you for your feedback on your experience of the beach this summer. Here's some of your favourite and least favourite things about living near Troon beach this summer:
Learn more about bathing water quality and your role in making sure that the sand and sea at Troon is clean for everyone to enjoy.
The marine environment
Troon beach is across the water from the South of Arran Marine Protected Area, where a number of important marine plants and animals live, including possibly Scotland’s largest Seagrass bed.
Seragrasses form beautiful meadows on the bottom of the sea, that provide a home for all sorts of marine animals big and small. They also play an important role in combating climate change, capturing carbon up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. Dredging and other disruptions, including pollution from the mainland threaten these crucial ecosystems.
These beautiful small birds can be seen flitting about the sand dunes of Troon beach.Here there are plenty of insects for them to feed on and plenty of scraggy bushes to perch in between meals.
Stonechats get their name from their their sharp, clicking call, that sounds like two stones being knocked together.
The aptly named Seal Rock off Lady Isle is a clue that seals have long frequented the waters near Troon Beach.
Seals are common throughout Scottish waters, which are home to over a quarter of the world’s common harbour seal population. They can be spotted basking on the shore alone or in groups. If you're lucky, you may also see an inquisitive head popping out of the water for a look.
History & Heritage
The waters of the Firth of Clyde have lapped the Troon shoreline throughout the ages. Have you ever considered what has changed over the years -and what else might change in the future?
Italian Rock Garden and Bathing Pool
These days it’s a car park but there used to be an open air swimming pool on this site, which opened in 1931. It was replaced by an indoor pool and was demolished in 1987. All that remains today is the adjacent rock garden.
Troon was on the first public railway line in Scotland, which opened in 1812. Initially powered by horse traction, the train was supposed to carry only freight, however, passengers were able to use the railway. Instead of being charged a ticket price they were charged freight rates according to their weight!
Troon has continued to be a popular rail destination for a day at the beach to this day.
Find out how to get involved in 'My Beach, Your Beach' this summer, with campaign materials, activities and learning resources for children and adults!