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South Ayrshire

Found at the lovely little coastal village of Maidens, this long sandy beach with grassy foreshore is a wonderful place to sit back, relax and take in the breathtaking scenery which includes views of the Ailsa Craig, and on a clear day, the Mull of Kintyre.  Stroll along the beach, heading North to uncover the pathway leading into Culzean county park.  Head South and you will find the charming harbour, originally used for fishing but it is now used mostly for pleasure boats.  Facilities at Maidens beach include car parking, two caravan parks, childrens play area and a small shop with a café/bistro.

Maidens is within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere which has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.


The village lies two miles north of the ruinous Turnberry Castle, ancient seat of the Earls of Carrick, and five miles west of Maybole. It formerly had its own railway station on the Maidens and Dunure Light Railway. 


The village of Maidens is on the coast with a small harbour.  It is located on the Ayrshire Coastal Path and provides benches, toilets and a café for rest opportunities.The beach continues from the harbour northwards towards the adjoing National Trust Park. Maidens has regular bus service from Ayr and Girvan. The beach is easily accessed from various points.

Getting There

From the village of Maidens, the beach continues from the harbour northwards towards the adjoining the National Trust Park.  The beach is easily accessed from various points. 

Water Quality Information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. Further information about water quality at this site can be found on the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so.

Contact Details

South Ayrshire Council
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