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About 8 miles north of Ayr is the popular seaside resort of Troon with it's award winning sandy beach, a marina, harbour and five golf courses, including the Royal Troon golf course which will host the 145th Open in 2016.

Troon is well known for its premium golf courses that draw golf enthusiasts from far and wide. The beautiful Marina of Troon features many types of boats and yachts; boat rental facilities are available all round the year, which comes handy to explore the wide and post card pretty beaches of the  North Sands and South Sands that are well complemented by a relaxed seaside resort and promenades.

Troon is also the Seacat ferry port to Larne in Northern Ireland.

Immediately north of Ayr, and well served by buses and trains from Ayr, is Prestwick, home of another fine Ayrshire golf course and also an international airport. If you need to stay in Prestwick try the Parkstone Hotel, Esplanade, Tel 01292 477286, which also serves good bar meals.

North of Prestwick the A77 turns northeast towards Glasgow, bypassing the distinctly uninspiring industrial town of Kilmarnock. It is also home to a little-known attraction Dean Castle and Country Park (follow signs from A77). Set in parkland with a Rare Breeds Farm, this 14th-century Keep with 15th-century Palace houses a collection of European arms and armour, early musical instruments and items relating to Burns. Info: Apr-Oct daily with hourly tours from 1215 to 1615 weekdays and 1215-1515 weekends. Free. There is also a tearoom, (1000-1700 summer, 1100-1500 winter).

Eating Out

MacCallums Oyster Bar
Harbour Rd, Troon - Tel: 01292 319339

10 Portland St, Troon - Tel: 01292 311212

Marine Hotel, Crosbie Rd, Troon - Tel: 01292 314444

Troon Yacht Haven, Harbour Rd, Troon - Tel: 01292 315315

Maharani Indian Restaurant
42 West Portland St, Troon - Tel: 01292 311797

Jade Dragon
9 Templehill, Troon - Tel: 01292 313123

Upstairs at the Venice
4 Ayr St, Troon - Tel: 01292 314388



Travel Directions to Troon

Troon is a 10 minute drive from Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Click here for information on flights.

Useful Phone Numbers

Police - 01292 313100Fire - 01292 317080Gas - 0800 111 999Water - 0845 600 8855
Local Taxis,  In-Com Taxis - 01292 316000
Municipal Building - 01292 313555, Recycling Depot - 01292 313121, Walker Hall - 01292 313555 Troon Concert Hall - 01292 313555, Troon Library - 01292 315352, Troon Swimming Pool - 01292 311758

Ayr Hospital - 01292 610555, Crosshouse - 01563 577000

Childline - 0800 1111, Samaritans - 01563 531313


Local Sights & Activities for Troon

One of the must-see attractions in Troon is the historic Dundonald Castle, built  in 1371, which   was used by the early Stewart kings as a Royal residence. Perched on a hill above the village, the castle offers the best views of Ayrshire. Tel : +44 (0)1563 851489.

The Bachelor's Club is another place of  interest nearby. Located in Tarbolton about seven miles from Troon, the Scottish poet Robert Burns formed a debating club in this 17th century historic building.


  • The Smugglers Trail

    The Smugglers Trail

    The Smugglers' Trail leads from the Main Street of the village of Loans through Dundonald Glen and up Dundonald Hill to the village of Dundonald and Dundonald Castle. The trail passes by Collenan Reservoir, crosses ancient woodland and provides stunning views over the Firth of Clyde. This historic route has been in regular use from early times and was a popular route used by smugglers, bringing their 'booty' back from the Ayrshire shores.

    An easy to moderate woodland walk, the incline sharpens to 1:6 in places. The walk takes about 1 hour.

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