Stage 7 Ayr to Troon

Ayr Tourist Office – High Street – Auld Brig o Ayr – River Street – Main Street – Peebles St – Limekiln Road – Newton Shore – Bentfield – Prestwick Promenade and Beach – Dune path by Old Prestwick Golf Course to bridge across Pow Burn – path past Prestwick Holiday Park and Royal Troon Golf Course to Troon South Sands – Troon Esplanade to Troon Harbour and Ferry Terminal

Distance: 12.5 km = 7.8 miles      Time: 3.5 – 4 hoursstage-7-map

Walking summary: Easy – promenade, pavements, paths, sandy beaches.

We strongly advise purchase of the Guide Book for a detailed description and map of the route.

 Plus OS Explorer Map 326.

Car Parks: Ayr Seafront – Troon Harbour Road.

Transport: Trains from Glasgow and Stranraer. Good bus service (Stagecoach). International and internal flights from Prestwick Airport.

Historical: Lady Cathcart’s House – Birthplace of John Loudoun McAdam. Loudoun Hall – Ayr’s oldest house (early 16th Century). Ayr High Street. Ayr Auld Kirk – built 1652. Auld Brig o Ayr – 15th Century – immortalised by Robert Burns. 18th Century buildings south end of New Brig. Bruce’s Well – Maryborough Road. Saltpans buildings – 18th Century. Ballast Bank – Troon.

General: Ayr Harbour. Prestwick Promenade and views across Firth of Clyde. Old Prestwick Golf Course – first ever Open Golf Championship. Royal Troon – Open Championship Golf Course. Prestwick International Airport. Wind and kite surfing off Troon South Sands. Troon Harbour, Fish market, Yacht Haven. RNLI Station and Troon Lifeboat Jim Moffat. Train Stations for Glasgow – Ayr, Prestwick (town/airport), Troon.

Natural: Shore birdlife. Sea coal on Prestwick beach. Seals off Troon and in Troon Harbour.

Eating/Provisions: Ayr Town Centre shops, pubs, and restaurants. New Road shops and cafes. Prestwick Town Centre shops, pubs and restaurants. Troon Town Centre shops, pubs, and restaurants.

Public Toilets: Prestwick – Links Road (Apr-Sep 1000 – 1900 / Winter weekends). Prestwick – Boydfield Gardens (All year 24 hours). Troon South Beach – St Meddans St (1000 – 1900). Troon South (All year 1000 – 1900). TroonNorth – Beach Rd (All year 1000 – 2200).

Accommodation: Booking at Ayr Tourist Office, Sandgate. Camping at Craigie Caravan Park. Hotels and B&Bs in Prestwick and Troon. Camping at Prestwick Holiday Park. See the accommodation section for more information.