If you are visiting South Ayrshire during your next Scottish adventure stop off at this charming seaside town. Troon is well known for its spotless coastline and beautiful beach that looks the Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig. This guide looks at the top things to do in Troon and lists some of our favorite hotels in Troon.
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Your Complete Guide to Troon
Many tourists are drawn here for its famous Royal Troon Golf course. This peaceful town on the west coast of Scotland boosts in population whenever a golf tournament is on and tourists staying here enjoy the buzz that goes on after the course has shut as there.
Things to do in Troon
This seaside holiday destination plays host to tourists from all over the world every summer.
Troon is the perfect place for those who love the outdoors as many of its visitors reap the rewards of its popular walking, golfing and cycling scene.
The town is home to seven stunning golf courses including Royal Troon, the venue which is often picked to host famous Open Championship.
The picture-perfect Troon south beach esplanade teems with local tourists, dog walkers, and water sports fans during a summer’s day.
Along the west coast of Scotland, the colder water doesn’t stop holiday-makers from enjoying themselves under the warm sun as they watch expert windsurfers navigate the waves.
If you are an Outlander fan, you will recognise Troon’s south seafront as it starred in an episode at the end of season one! Keep an eye out for the Troon Memorial dedicated to World War 2 to recognise it!
Nothing says holiday quite like sipping on a colourful drink or taking a stroll across Troon’s amazing beaches.
Royal Troon Golf Club
World-famous golfers such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have graced the first-class golf course at Royal Troon Golf Club, and you can join them too!
Many travellers come to the town of Troon just to play at this location and enjoy its services and restaurants, as it offers stunning views and excellent hospitality. Play like you’re in the Open Championship at Royal Troon.
Visitors are welcome at this prestigious golf club from April to October under the conditions of The Royal Troon Golf Club management team.
Troon Yacht Haven
Sometimes locations speak for themselves, and yachting enthusiasts voted this location as the “Best UK Harbour/Marina 2017”.
Located near harbour road, this expansive haven is great for pictures as you’re exploring the Troon Harbour and is the centre for leisure sailing in the Firth of Clyde.
Visitors to Troon can take advantage of the town’s yachting facilities at this accessible Haven and enjoy the sway of their vessels as they watch the incoming merchant ships arrive at Troon Harbour. There aren’t any freight rates here!
Luxury hotel accommodation is also available, which adds another benefit to visiting the town of Troon for your dream sailing holiday.
Try something new during your visit to Troon and learn how to kitesurf! Troon is the home of Kitesurf Scotland, a provider that offers lessons for complete beginners and advanced riders.
All you will need to bring is yourself as Kitesurf Scotland provides its pupils with the highest quality lessons and equipment.
Marine Hotel Spa
After a busy day in Troon, you will need a break!
Relax in style at the Marine Hotel. This spectacular spa break location is perfect for guests who want to unwind and enjoy the luxury that Troon offers.
Sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, spas, and beauty treatments are all up for grabs. After you have thoroughly relaxed, you can enjoy the tranquil views of Troon Harbour and its beaches while lying by the pool.
It is not easy to book a space at this exclusive location during tournament time, so book your room at this grand hotel today to avoid disappointment.
Fullarton Fairy Trail
Immerse yourself in the magical views of the Fairy Trail!
You’d be remiss not to enjoy a stroll through the amazing Fullarton Fairy Trail, situated just outside Troon centre in the magical woodlands of South Ayrshire.
This trail is an excellent place for families to spend an afternoon wandering Fairy Trail, complete with curious attractions like carved fairy doors, hanging wind chimes, cute fairies, and dogs.
Muirmill Equestrian Centre
One of the most prestigious places for horse-riding in South Ayrshire is Muirmill Equestrian Centre. This centre is equipped with the most up to date facilities an equestrian can dream of!
Admire the horse-drawn railway connecting Troon and this expansive centre as you wander its grounds.
Take a scroll through their website page for available times and events that the Muirmill Equestrian Centre puts on, or take it easy and visit the centre for some serene pictures of the greenery and pet some horses of the South Ayr.
Troon Town Clock
The Troon Town Clock and the Troon Cross stand as the pride and joys of Troon, steeped in history and one of the many great attractions found within the town centre.
Near the beachfront of Troon town centre, this area is situated right in the heart of the city centre.
Troon Town Clock intersects many of the town’s roads, including Harbour Road and Portland Street, allowing for incredible pictures of its yellow clock tower face.
Just a few miles north of Troon, nearing the city of Kilmarnock, is the ruinous Craigie Castle.
This ruined castle of the Ayrshire was originally a 13th-century vaulted castle but was abandoned in the 1600s for more lively accommodation north of the Ayr near Glasgow.
This fascinating structure is one of few like it situated in the entire United Kingdom, so you should definitely take some time to enjoy its history.
The north side of Troon has fantastic places to see and things to do, but visiting Craigie Cast is on the top of that list.
Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre
The pride and joy of history in Ayrshire, the Dundonald Castle & Visitor Centre, is a must-see when visiting Troon.
Experience mighty barrel-vaulted ceilings and enjoy spectacular coastal views of the Firth of Clyde, Islands of Arran, and Ailsa Craig while you join the Castle Team for tales and rare reviews of the site’s 3500-year-old past.
Just make sure to find out when they’re open on their website.
While in Troon, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not going to Lido Troon. This elite cafe & bar is one of the finest restaurants in South Ayr, which offers fantastic views of the Troon Harbour.
Take a page out of our books and savour the incredible selection of food and drinks on offer that will remind you fondly of the Mediterranean islands, with friendly hospitality services all the way through.
The north sands of Barassie Beach offer dream-like summer vacations to those that make the quick trip a few minutes north of Troon.
This north beach is perfect for a family outing with no rush to go anywhere, so you can fully capitalise on the wondrous esplanade of this beach.
With white-sand beaches and gorgeous waters, it’s best to take an entire afternoon to sunbathe and build sandcastles while soaking in the north beach sun.
Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club
The golf courses of Kilmarnock Golf Club are some of the best in South Ayr, with incredible views of the Islands of Arran and the town of Troon as you par the 18-hole golf courses.
In between Irvine and Troon, this golf club is a great way to spend time with your partner or clients when visiting either Irvine or Troon. Check out their events on their website, as this golf club always has something going on!
With world-class facilities and courses, nothing beats a morning round of golf at this Golf Club in South Ayr.
Ballast Bank, an impenetrable barrier of dumped ballast standing against the crashing waves, stops the west coast of Troon beach from overtaking the town.
Built in 1840, the Ballast Bank was built to protect the town beach and its harbour from the rough storm waves that pass through the area. Now that they have that “minor technicality” evaded, you can enjoy the stunning views.
It’s a pretty place to stroll along the beach esplanade, with the town centre and your accommodation likely close to this stalwart attraction.
St Meddan Church
On the corner of St. Meddans Street sits the towering religious sanctuary of the town — the threshold of which many of the people of Troon cross every Sunday to attend mass and reconnect with their community.
An important site, the church also boasts a beautiful design with its marvellous stained-glass windows and is alive with music every week like the nearby concert hall.
Even if you’re not religious, the St. Meddans Street church is worth visiting while you’re in town.
Prestwick Airport is just south of Troon. It is a busy airway that funnels people to and from the west coast.
From this quaint airport, you can catch flights to other hotspot destinations like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Arran, or fly north to the Isle of Mull. Flights are available on the Prestwick Airport website.
The magnificent Prestwick Airport brings life into the accommodation and restaurants of the town centre and is worth a visit, even if it’s just on your way in and out of Troon.
You don’t want to miss out on this lively central street in Troon. Troon’s best restaurants, accommodation, and nightlife are all situated along bustling Portland Street.
Portland Street is the perfect place to spend an evening out with locals who know how to have fun, whether drinking and cheering after their local football team or enjoying a great dining experience with an electric atmosphere.
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