Walk 127 – Ayrshire Coastal Path: Troon – Barassie – Irvine (6.5 miles)

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This section of the Ayrshire Coastal Path begins at Troon Marina and ends at Low Green in Irvine. It is basically a long stretch of golden beach sandwiched between two busy coastal towns. Enjoy having a nosey at the shorefront houses in Barassie as you pass, and look out for the stone dragon atop the sand dunes of Irvine Beach! On a clear day the Isle of Arran can be seen across the Firth of Clyde. 

Car park at Troon Yacht Marina (KA10 6DJ) and Low Green play area, Irvine (KA12 8RJ). Bus and train services between Troon and Irvine.

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Troon to Irvine


I completed this walk on a blustery April morning, not ideal on such an exposed section of beach!  I had the pleasure of the company of my mum and friend Helen who had walked with me all the way from Ayr, 9 miles further south. They did so well to walk the full 16 miles especially with a strong headwind making the going all the more difficult. Actually, to be more accurate it was more of a sidewind; a free facial exfoliation on the left cheek was received! About halfway along Irvine Beach we decided to seek shelter behind the sand dunes where we knew there was another path which ran parallel to the coast. It wasn’t as straightforward as we had expected, with very deep soft sand in places and some steep uphill and downhill parts. We were glad of the break from the relentless 30mph winds though. It was the first time I had seen the quad bike tracks too! Often I hear them when visiting Irvine Beach Park or the Stone Dragon with my kids but I hadn’t ever been able to see where the noise was coming from.

One thing I noticed about this stretch of coast was the lack of seabirds compared to more southerly sections. I was walking the whole Ayrshire Coastal Path (100 miles) for the Mark McCloskey Foundation and had already covered the first 60 miles from Glenapp in the south. Around Irvine there were plenty of Seagulls but not a lot else. Perhaps it was the wind keeping them away…… but on reflection I couldn’t recall ever seeing many varieties of birds on my countless walks along the beach between Barassie and Irvine throughout my lifetime.

The beach between Barassie and Irvine. Firm sand = easy walking.
Interesting feature along Irvine Beach! I have seen this grow over the past year or so, I guess people must clear up any debris and add it to the pile every now and then.
Irvine Harbour
It had been ages since I last walked along Harbour Street in Irvine and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it had all had a facelift! I remember it being rather drab before but they have really done well in sprucing it up.
The footbridge across the River Irvine to Low Green, where the walk ends.
Go to: next section Irvine to Ardrossan
Go to: previous section Ayr to Troon
Go to: full Ayrshire Coastal Path review

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