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Troon beach

Welcome

Troon beach is one of the two beaches that flank the town of Troon -the other being Barassie beach, to the north. Troon beach features sandy dunes with rocky outcrops and stunning views of Arran, Ailsa Craig and Lady Isle. Scroll down to take a tour.

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Scenic Pow Burn

Scenic Pow Burn

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My grandsons

My grandsons

Troon sunset over Arran

Troon sunset over Arran

Windsurfing at sunset

Windsurfing at sunset

Shorebirds

Shorebirds

Sunshine on the water

Sunshine on the water

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Janet

#luckytolivehere #troon lots of space to play, run and swim

#LuckyToLiveHere #MyTroonBeach You get to paddle while watching the sunset.

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What does Troon beach mean to you?

Are you lucky enough to live near Troon beach? What is your favourite thing about it? What do you value most? Tell us with an image!

Send us your photographs, drawings, collages or anything else that captures the beautiful, inspiring, interesting or mundane. Landscapes, portraits, close-ups or artistic frames are all welcome. You can email them to us or post them to us on social media, tagged #LuckyToLiveHere @KSBScotland.

We will add our favourites to the online gallery above for everyone to enjoy. Let's celebrate Troon beach!

                                                 

Know your beach

How well do you know Troon beach? Take our quiz to find out or read on below to explore.

This year more than ever, beaches and all natural spaces are a vital life-line, offering us somewhere to be, with views and fresh air. There is more to the sand and sea here than immediately meets the eye. Whether you're a lucky local or dreaming of a visit, we invite you to take a tour of Troon beach.

How well do you know Troon beach?

Average score: 60%

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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

Litter

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
  • Cigarettes
  • 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.

Your views

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:

                                                                                    

    

Protect your bathing waters

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.

                                         

Wildlife & landscape

Beaches are great place for us to spend time outdoors, whether walking, pic-nicing, swimming or playing. But have you ever stopped to think who else calls this beach and these waters home?

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.

Stonechats

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.

Harbour seals

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.

Marram Grass

It is hard to picture coastal sand dunes without spikes of marram grass poking out of them.

Unlike the grass on your lawn, these grasses are adapted for a hardy life on the coast. If you look closely, the ‘spikes’ are actually rolled up leaves, which protects them from drying out.

Their matted roots hold them fast against the coastal winds and, at the same time, help to keep the very sand dunes that they live on from washing or blowing away.

                                            

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.

Railway

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.

Shipbuilding

Ailsa Shipbuilding Company was founded in 1886, building a range of boats. The yard fitted out the polar exploration ship Scotia for the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition, which set sail from Troon on the 30th of October 1902. During the First and Second World Wars the yard built several vessels including minesweepers and a hospital ship.

After changing hands a few times throughout its history, including being nationalised and then merging with Ferguson Brothers, the yard closed in 2003. 

Have we missed something? Help us make this page a true celebration of Troon beach! Get in touch.

                                             

Activities & Resources

Find out how to get involved in 'My Beach, Your Beach' this summer, with campaign materials, activities and learning resources for children and adults!

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