Troon is a small seaside town 31 miles from Glasgow, in the South West region of Scotland. It's one of the closest beach resorts to the Glasgow conurbation, so on fine summer weekends it draws crowds, and another major attraction is golf, especially the Royal Troon Golf Club which often hosts the Open. Troon is also a major centre for yachting, and Dundonald Castle stands nearby. Troon is also a transport hub and base for exploring the rest of Ayrshire, including the Clyde islands as it’s close to the ferry ports of Ardrossan (for Arran) and Largs (for Cumbrae).
By road from Glasgow and east / central Scotland follow M/A77 to Hurlford roundabout just outside Kilmarnock, then follow A71 and A759 into Troon. Frequent Stagecoach buses from Glasgow, but usually involving a change and taking 90 mins: the X77 changing at Prestwick for the 14, the X76 changing at Kilmarnock for the 10, or the X44 changing at Irvine for the 14.
From England head for Carlisle, then A75 to Dumfries, A76 to Hurlford roundabout then as above. Reaching Troon from England by public transport will mean going via Glasgow. From Ireland, take the Belfast-Glasgow bus and change at Ayr for the 14 local bus.
By rail trains run north to Glasgow Central every 30 minutes, taking 40-50 mins; and south to Ayr (11-15 mins).
By air the best local airport is Glasgow GLA, with flights within UK, across Europe, and to Canada; places beyond (eg USA and Asia) are better served from Manchester MAN and London Heathrow LHR. To reach GLA, travel via central Glasgow. The other airport, Prestwick PIK, is much closer but only has budget flights to Spain, so few visitors arrive this way.
By sea Troon is near the ferry ports for Arran and Cumbrae. There used to be a P&O ferry between Troon and Larne in Northern Ireland, but this ended in 2016 – sail via Cairnryan instead.
With your own boat, sail in to Troon Yacht Haven, sheltered and accessible at all tides. Call 01292 315553 to book your berth or check in via www.yachthavens.com/troon
The town is compact and can easily be explored on foot. The 14 bus (every 30 mins) passes through Troon north to Irvine and south via Royal Troon Golf Club and Prestwick Airport to Ayr; change there for buses to the Burns Heritage Centre at Alloway.
- See the beaches, with grand views over the Firth of Clyde, and the harbour. South Beach (ie south of the harbour) is the more sheltered, and has always been the main visitors' beach. Barassie or North Beach is breezy and exposed. Further out, the sand dunes north and south of town are designated SSSIs: Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
- Dundonald Castle, Dundonald KA2 9HD (4 miles NE of Troon; take hourly bus for Kilmarnock and get off at Dundonald village.), ☎ . every day 10 am -5 pm. There’s probably been a fortification here since the Stone Age, but the present structure was built by Robert Stewart around 1371 when he became King Robert II. So it’s over 600 years old and looks it: basically just a masonry shell, and an hour here will be plenty. The castle has the usual hoaky legends of buried gold, secret tunnels and the inevitable ghost: Jules Verne added to these by setting part of his novel “The Underground City” here. Adults £4.50, children £2.70.
- 1 Royal Troon Golf Course. Two famous 18-hole golf courses, the Old Course and the Portland, and the 9-hole Craigend. The Old Course is used for the PGA Open Championship and is machair – ie sandy links near the sea-shore. As a private club, the members have wide discretion over who they do & don’t admit, and until 2016 they didn’t allow women full membership. They risked losing their PGA tour status over this, so they changed the rules and hosted the Open that year.
If you can’t get in at the Royal, there are at least half-a-dozen decent courses around the town. Find many more within a short drive, including Turnberry (described under Ayr.)
- The Herbary, jewellery and fine gifts. Ayr Street, 01292 313489
- Bailiwick, gifts and home accessories. Ayr Street, 01292 317555
- Homes & Interiors, designer wallpaper, furnishings, and art. Ayr Street, 01292 676030
- Bijou Flowers, designer florist. Ayr Street, 01292 317770
- Lady Par, golf boutique. Ayr Street, 01292 318020
- Essentials Lingerie. Ayr Street, 01292 310955
- Camerons Shoes, quality footwear. Ayr Street, 01292 313250
- Pandora of Troon, home fragrance, jewellery & gifts. Portland Street, 01292 310888
- Words & Music, cards, cds & DVDs. Portland Street, 01292 312248
- The Frame Work Gallery, contemporary Scottish art. Portland Street, 01292 316144
- Material Things, soft furnishings. Portland Street, 01292 314333
- Lomond Jewellery, gold, silver & diamond jewellery. Church Street, 01292 312912
- Kidz Corner, toy & baby boutique. Church Street, 01292 312492
- Kirstie's Flowers, contemporary style designer florist. Church Street, 01292 316172
- Troon Pets & Aquaria. Church Street, 01292 318417
- Jan de Vries Healthcare, health & diet centre. Church Street, 01292 310344
- Kyle Chandlers, chandlery and clothing. Troon Yacht Haven, 01292 311880
- Fairways Restaurant, ☎ . Overlooks the 18th Fairway at Royal Troon Golf Club and out over the Clyde Firth towards Arran.
- Jade Dragon, ☎ . Oriental restaurant with a contemporary twist.
- Lochgreen House Hotel. Offers the highest standards in fine dining. 01292 314214
- Maharani Indian Restaurant. Authentic Indian food enhanced with great service. 01292 311797
- McCallums Oyster Bar beside the fish harbour is a must for seafood fans. 01292 319339
- Scotts, ☎ . A stunning bar and restaurant which looks out towards Arran and Ailsa Craig.
- Bruces Well, Portland Street.
- Cheeky Charlies, Templehill.
- The Coach House, Portland Street.
- Dan MacKays, Portland Street.
- The Harbour Bar, Templehill.
- Lonsdale Bar, Portland Street.
- Pebbles Nightclub, Templehill.
- The Postage Stamp, Portland Street.
- Anchorage Hotel, 149 Templehill (located near the town centre towards the harbour), ☎ . The Anchorage Hotel is the oldest licensed premises in Troon and boasts excellent views of the Isle of Arran. Serves excellent "pub food" and main meals from noon - 21:30.
- Lochgreen House Hotel. Located in a quiet area of woodland and gardens.
- Marine Highland Hotel. 89 room hotel with swimming pool & gym.
- Old Loans Inn. 20 stunning contemporary rooms. The restaurant serves Scottish produce from the local Ayrshire larder.
- Piersland House Hotel. Country house style hotel.
- South Beach Hotel. Family run hotel with 32 rooms.
Day-trips from Troon include
- Largs a similar seaside town, with the short ferry crossing to Cumbrae.
- Ayr, where the main attraction is the Burns Heritage Centre at Alloway, and a few miles further south is Culzean Castle.