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Troon

Curved into a bay Troon beach is a long sweeping stretch of sand, boasting spectaclular views across to the Isle of Arran. The amenity beach is easy to access from the esplanade which offers  a well equiped play park, fitness equipment, crazy golf, gardens and a kiosk for refreshments. Troon town centre, with it’s many cafes, restaurants and shops, is only a couple of minutes walk from the shorefront.

History

Troon is home of the Royal Troon golf course, one of the hosts to the Open Golf Championship. The course is chosen to host this annual event roughly every seven years.

The Duke of Portland took the existing natural harbour on the north side of the headland and added docks. Later improvements included increasing the protection afforded by the headland with an artificial "ballast bank" made from the dumped ballast of incoming merchant ships. And from 1812 Troon was the terminus of a horse-drawn railway connecting it to the Duke's coal mines around Kilmarnock. This was not licensed for passengers, a minor technicality evaded by weighing those wishing to travel and charging them freight rates

Natural Space

The beach is backed by sand dunes for most of it’s length, the dune system at the southern section form part of the Royal Troon golf course and are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI) for their habitats and value to wildlife.

Setting

Situated on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Ayr and 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Troon is a port with freight services at its yacht marina. Troon Yacht Haven is in close proximity and there’s a well-equipped play park for children, beautiful Italian gardens.

The shore is a popular location for water sports especially kayaking and paddle boarding,and on windy days it’s popular with windsurfers and kite surfers.

Getting There

Easy access to the beach can be made from Troon train station only 10 minutes walk and there is a nearby bus route. There is also a ferry terminal at the harbour.

Water quality information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach between 1 June - 15 September. You can also find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so. 

Toilets

Toilets are open 7 days/week 9am to 10pm between April and October, 10am to 7pm during winter.

Contact details

South Ayrshire Council

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Facilities

Family Friendly Recreation Friendly Sandy Toilets Rocky First Aid Free parking Cafe Wildlife Reserve Promenade Disabled Parking Disabled Access Crazy Golf Fitness Equipment Good for Wildlife Disabled Visitor Facilities Public Rescue Equipment

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