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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).

Black Rocks, Troon

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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 train[edit]

Trains run north to Glasgow Central every 30 minutes, taking 40-50 mins; and south to Ayr (11-15 mins).

By plane[edit]

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 boat[edit]

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

Get around[edit]

Map of 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.
Barassie Beach
  • 1 Dundonald Castle, Dundonald KA2 9HD (4 miles NE of Troon; take hourly bus for Kilmarnock and get off at Dundonald village.), +44 1563 851489. 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. Dundonald Castle on Wikipedia Dundonald Castle (Q2844574) on Wikidata


  • 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. Royal Troon Golf Club on Wikipedia Royal Troon Golf Club (Q662996) on Wikidata

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, Ayr Street, +44 1292 313489. jewellery and fine gifts.
  • Bailiwick, Ayr Street, +44 1292 317555. gifts and home accessories
  • Homes & Interiors, Ayr Street, +44 1292 676030. designer wallpaper, furnishings, and art
  • Bijou Flowers, Ayr Street, +44 1292 317770. designer florist
  • Lady Par, Ayr Street, +44 1292 318020. golf boutique
  • Essentials Lingerie, Ayr Street, +44 1292 310955.
  • Camerons Shoes, Ayr Street, +44 1292 313250. quality footwear
  • Pandora of Troon, Portland Street, +44 1292 310888. home fragrance, jewellery & gifts
  • Words & Music, Portland Street, +44 1292 312248. cards, cds & DVDs
  • The Frame Work Gallery, Portland Street, +44 1292 316144. contemporary Scottish art
  • Material Things, Portland Street, +44 1292 314333. soft furnishings
  • Lomond Jewellery, Church Street, +44 1292 312912. gold, silver & diamond jewellery.
  • Kidz Corner, Church Street, +44 1292 312492. toy & baby boutique
  • Kirstie's Flowers, Church Street, +44 1292 316172. contemporary style designer florist
  • Troon Pets & Aquaria, Church Street, +44 1292 318417.
  • Jan de Vries Healthcare, Church Street, +44 1292 310344. health & diet centre
  • Kyle Chandlers, Troon Yacht Haven, +44 1292 311880. chandlery and clothing


  • Jade Dragon, +44 1292 313123. Oriental restaurant with a contemporary twist.
  • McCallums Oyster Bar beside the fish harbour is a must for seafood fans. 01292 319339
  • Scotts, +44 1292 315315. 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.
  • 1 The Harbour Bar, Templehill.
  • Lonsdale Bar, Portland Street.
  • Pebbles Nightclub, Templehill.
  • The Postage Stamp, Portland Street.


  • 1 Anchorage Hotel, 149 Templehill (located near the town centre towards the harbour), +44 1292 317448. 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.
  • 2 Lochgreen House Hotel, Monktonhill Road, Southwood, KA10 7EN, +44 1292 313 343. Located in a quiet area of woodland and gardens. 32 bedroom hotel near Royal Troon Golf Course. from £165.
  • 4 Old Loans Inn, 31-33 Main Street, Loans, KA10 7EX, +44 1294 204040. 20 stunning contemporary rooms. The restaurant serves Scottish produce from the local Ayrshire larder. from £69.

Go next[edit]

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.

The Isle of Arran can easily be done as a day-trip, by ferry from Ardrossan, but you’d miss the essence of the place, stay longer. Top destinations further afield are Glasgow and Edinburgh.

This city travel guide to Troon is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.