An easy walk starting at Seafield in Ayr and passing through Prestwick en route to Troon Marina. After the initial section through Ayr’s industrial backroads, you can enjoy sandy beaches and concrete promenades for the remainder of the route. Finish with the excitement of Troon’s cliff walk, or use the Ballast Bank if you feel safer 😉
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Start: Car park in front of Ayr India (KA7 4AD)
End: Car park at Troon Marina (KA10 6DJ)
Route: From the car park at Ayr India head north along the Esplanade. Shortly after passing the Horizon Hotel, look out for NCN7 cyclepath signage and follow this right to emerge in front of the River Ayr. Turn right onto the B748/South Harbour Street, cross the bridge and onto Main Street. At a fork on Main Street next to National Tyres and Autocare, keep left to join Pebbles Street. At the end of the street turn left onto Wagon Road and take the first right onto Glebe Road. Turn left at the end of the road to cross the railway bridge and wind down Saltpans Road to Newton-on-Ayr Promenade. At the end of the Promenade use the ramp to drop down onto the beach and continue on the sand until you reach a ramp up onto Prestwick Promenade. On reaching KidzPlay choose one of the footpaths leading up onto the grassy embankment and follow this running parallel to the beach until you come to the end of Prestwick Golf course. Turn right here as directed, crossing a small footbridge and then turn left through a kissing gate towards the caravan park. A small trail runs past the caravan park and out onto the sandy beach of Troon South Sands. Continue on the beach for approx 2 miles then at any chosen point head up onto the promenade in front of Troon South Beach Play Area. Follow the pavement as it winds it’s way round to a high grassy mound at the far end of the bay. Here you can choose to either walk along the cliff path to the left or follow the track up onto the grassy mound, Ballast Bank. Both end at the same place so it is a matter of preference. You will emerge at a small parking area. At the end of the road turn right then right again onto the B749/Harbour Road. You will arrive at the entrance to the marina car park approx half a mile along on your left.
WALK REVIEW: 15TH APRIL 2017
This is the section of the Ayrshire Coast that I am most familiar with; it is the one closest to where I live so I had been coming here my whole life. For that reason it was the stretch I was least looking forward to when I set off on my 100 mile charity walk of the Ayrshire Coastal Path. Today was day three for me and would see me walk 25 miles between Ayr and Ardrossan, this 9 mile stretch being part one of that. Having walked the first half of the ACP alone (50 miles), I was delighted to have company today in the form of my mum and friend Helen. It was a particularly blustery day with some heavy rain at times and a fair bit of mileage along sandy beaches, so having people to share the experience with really made a huge difference to my morale.
If I am honest I didn’t particularly enjoy the section between the end of Ayr Promenade and the start of Newton-on-Ayr Promenade. It was very industrial with lots of traffic and noise. Not where I would normally choose to go for a walk. Having said that it is a relatively short section with few alternatives, otherwise I assume the ACP would not pass this way! Newton-on-Ayr was interesting! Not a place I had ever been before as far as I am aware, but somewhere I would consider coming back to with the kids. There was parking nearby and the beach looked very pleasant with sand and plenty of stones for them to throw in the water. One thing that stood out though was the unnecessary number of bins along the promenade!! For such a quiet place it seemed a tad overkill! Perhaps it gets busy here on a hot day?!
Heading past Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Course I kept a look out for my Uncle Rab who was out there somewhere enjoying a round! No sign of him when we passed though. It was on reaching Prestwick Prom that we were caught in the first heavy rain shower; the type of rain that really drenches you. My camera was stowed away in the rucksack, heads down and onwards we trooped.
I love the walk along the sand dunes between Prestwick and Troon. The view from up there is beautiful. I equally love the cliff walk in Troon! It is a difficult choice between the cliffs or the grassy mound known as Ballast Bank; both offer equally exciting experiences: I love the cliffs because they are so dangerous! The path is very well made but a little uneven and sometimes the sea water can crash up onto it! On the other hand the views from Ballast Bank are simply spectacular on a clear day and towards the end of it you get a birds eye view into the sawmill, always popular with my kids!
If you like the sound of this but would prefer a loop, check out my Prestwick to Troon Sea & Golf walk!