Ayr - Troon Coast Guide 

Ayr is a popular seaside resort with miles of sandy beaches and lots of attractions nearby. It is also the home to the Waverley - the world's only remaining sea going paddle steamer. The ship crosses regularly to the nearby island of Arran during the summer months. The small resort of Troon lies 8  miles to the north; it is mostly known for its golf course but there is also a good beach there. 

                                                                    Troon beach 

Ayr HarbourFor details of  Ayr Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions. Go to Ayr Hotels  Guest Houses and Attractions

The town has been a popular resort since Victorian times and there are many fine examples of their architecture within the town. Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet best known for writing Auld Lang Sine, was born in nearby Alloway in 1759. There is a Burns Museum in the town which is a must for any fan of the poet. Ayr is also well known for its racecourse which has a full calendar of races during the season. Adjoining Ayr is the town of Prestwick which is perhaps best known as the location of Glasgow Prestwick Airport - an international airport used by many Scots to escape the local weather! However the town itself does have a beach and seafront with amusements and cafes and is popular in the summer months. Prestwick is also well known as the home of the British Open Golf Championship which was first held in the town in 1860. 



Just up the coast is the small seaside resort of Troon which is famous for its golf course - Royal Troon which was founded in 1878. There are a further six golf courses around the town. Troon is also a ferry port with services to Larne in Ireland via the P&O catamaran service. There are good beaches to the north and south of the town and a full range of accommodation, cafes, shops and entertainments is available along the seafront. 


Isle of Arran 

The Isle of Arran is some forty miles offshore from Ayr and may be reached by ferry form the town. Arran is very popular with walkers and cyclists and it has good beaches to the south of the island. See Arran's own page. 

                Ayr     Troon Golf     Scotland West Coast

                            Ayr                                      Troon                                       Paddling to Arran



Places to visit around Ayr

Culzean Castle & Country Park - Maybole, South Ayrshire, KA19 8LE. Phone: 0870 1181945

Paddle Steamer Waverley - visit - Waverley

Tam O'Shanter Experience - Murdochs Loan, Alloway, Ayr, Ayrshire KA7 4PQ Tel: 01292 443700

Burns Cottage - Alloway, Ayr, Ayrshire KA7 4PY Tel: 01292 441215

Ayr Racecourse - Ayr - Phone: 01292 264179

Map of the Ayr area 

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Attractions - see listings pages

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Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.



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Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

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