The Ayrshire coast is about 65 miles long
from Ballantrae in the south to Largs in the
north. The Ayrshire coast has a large number
of beaches that are known as some of the
finest in Scotland.
When the weather hits the 70s and 80s, the
beaches can get very busy, especially at
weekends or school holidays.
The beaches below are listed with the
busiest beach at Ayr first then from the
south to north.
Ayr Beach, as seen below, is probably the
best all round beach in Scotland. This view
shows the vast Low Green grassland with the
large white building in the distance being
Pirate Pete's kids indoor and outdoor play
Ayr Promenade that runs for about 1 mile
is always busy throughout the year. When it
is hitting the 80s, as when these images
where taken, the promenade is packed.
Ayr Beach on a Sunday in May 2012 when it
was hitting the 80s. This beach used to be as
busy as this regular throughout the summer
before inexpensive flights to Spain began
escalating in the 1970s. The weather was
warmer here than in the Canary Islands this
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Ayr Info Page . Ayr Google
The beaches are now listed from furthest
south to north.
Sawney Beans Beach is situated in South
Ayrshire about 2 miles north of Ballantrae.
There is a car park high above the beach next
to a new wide section of road over Bennane
The best way down is to follow the winding
path down from the north side of the car
park, as seen in the image below. The beach
is mainly shingle and the cannibals cave can
be seen in the rocks in the image below. If
exploring the cave, best take a good strong
Sawney Bean Page . Ballantrae Google
Lendalfoot Beach, as seen below, is
situated next to the small village of
Lendalfoot, mid way between Girvan and
Ballantrae. This village is mainly holiday
homes so there are no shops of bars. The view
below is from Lendalfoot Hill known as
Balsalloch Hill, a good scenic climb.
Lendalfoot Beach is long, sandy and
normally quiet. There is a large monument and
car park at the south side of Lendalfoot in
honor of a Russian Cruiser warship that sunk
just off the coast here in the early 1900s.
The Varyag Monument area
is a popular picnic spot. There are a number
of small beaches between Lendalfoot and
Girvan with car parks by them that are
popular with families wanting a beach to
Girvan Beach, as seen below, is one of the
main beaches in Ayrshire with the town having
many cafe's, bar/diners, amusements, vast
grasslands by the beaches and kids play
areas. The image below is from the Byne Hill,
a popular walk from Girvan.
The main section of Girvan Beach is from
the pier to about half of a mile south. The
beach continues south for about another mile
with a popular section on the south side of
Girvan that has a snack bar, large grassland
park and toilets. The main section as seen
below has two large grassland parks and a
large kids play area.
Girvan Pier is used by some locals for
diving in warm spells. Diving off the pier
can only be done when it is a really high
tide and there are many people there to
oversee. You can fish from the pier, take sea
fishing trips from the harbour or take a boat
trip to the Island of Ailsa Craig.
Girvan Info Page .
Turnberry Beach, as seen below, is
situated next to the scenic village of
Turnberry and world famous golf course and
hotel, about 3 miles north of Girvan. This
beach rarely gets busy as it is mainly only
used by hotel guests. The lighthouse at the
north end of the beach is situated on the
ruin of the castle where Robert the Bruce was
born, Scotland's legendary king.
The view below is from Turnberry Beach
towards Turnberry Hotel left and Spa right.
There is a car park a few hundred yards south
of the hotel at a small shop. There is a road
to the beach down the side of a large white
B&B across the road from the car
Turnberry Info Page
. Turnberry Google
Maidens Beach, as seen below, is situated
about 2 miles north of Turnberry Beach.
Maidens is a popular holiday village with
about 5 holiday parks around it. There are a
couple of small shops, Wildings Hotel with
a good restaurant and a harbour for leisure
Croy Beach, as seen below, is situated
between Maidens and Dunure, about 9 miles
south of Ayr. This beach can get busy in hot
spells. There is a steep road down to the
beach where there is parking for hundreds of
Croy Beach runs for over 1 mile south
Castle where you get good views of the
castle. The closer you are to the north side,
where the car park is, the busier the beach
gets. There are toilets here but no shops so
most people take portable barbecues.
Dunure Beach, as seen below, is situated
about 7 miles south of Ayr. Dunure has car
parking at the Kennedy Park just above the
beach and Dunure Castle. This area has a
popular play park and kids play area.
Dunure Beach is mainly dark sand and
shingle with many rocks that kids like to
explore. There is a cafe and the popular
Dunure Inn for
drinks and meals overlooking Dunure Harbour,
as can be seen in the image below.
The beach on the south side of Dunure
Harbour gives good views of Dunure
Prestwick Beach, as seen below, is
situated on the north side of Ayr, or about
one mile south of Prestwick Airport. The
promenade runs from the large indoor KidzPlay on the north side as
seen in the image below on the left, to well
past St Nicholas Golf
Club as seen right on the image below,
over one mile long. There is a large grass
area that runs alongside the north side of
the beach with a childrens outdoor play
The Parkstone Hotel is
the only hotel in Prestwick with views over
the beach. Prestwick Railway and Main Street
are a short walk from the beach with the Main
Street having a good selection of Restaurants
and Bar/Diners.This long sandy beach even
extends all the way to Troon centre about 4
miles north, past Old Prestwick and
Prestwick Info Page
. Prestwick Google
Troon Beach, as seen below, runs for over
1 mile from Royal Troon Golf
Club to past the town centre. The busiest
part of Troon Beach is west of Troon Cross,
the town centre, where there is a kids play
area and snack bar. There are many bar/diners
and cafe's around Troon Cross.
Troon Info Page .
Barassie Beach, as seen below, is situated
on the north side of Troon, round from Troon
Harbour. Barassie Beach does not get as busy
as Troon Beach, but the grassland here can
get fairly busy on warm weekends. Barassie
Beach is sometimes used for windsurfing and
Troon Info Page . Troon Google
Irvine Beach, as seen below, runs for
miles south of the pier. The grassland
alongside the beach and car parking areas are
huge. The beach itself may be the finest sand
of any Ayrshire beaches and the beach is
always immaculate. Irvine Beach is situated
about half of a mile from Irvine train
station so is popular with day trippers from
Glasgow. There is a skateboarding park here
and the large Magnum Leisure
Centre for indoor activities and a large
indoor pool. The oldest Inn at Irvine,
The Ship Inn,
for meals is a short walk from the beach.
Irvine Info Page .
Large Image . Irvine Google
Saltcoats Beach Promenade, as seen below,
has a number of parking areas and some kids
play areas. The grasslands here run for about
Seamill/West Kilbride Beach, starts from
just north of Ardrossan and runs all the way
past the Seamill
Hydro Hotel to the West
Kilbride golf course. There are a number
of roadside car parks for the beach between
Ardrossan and Seamill, such as the one seen
The image below is of the Seamill/West
Kilbride Beach with the village of Seamill in
the distance. There are a number of cafes and
restaurants on this stretch of road, and two
hotels in Seamill.
Website: www.westkilbride.co.uk .
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The image below is of Largs Beach with the
ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae at the pier.
Largs beach is mainly shingle with a kids
play area and rides by the large church.
Fast Boat Tours around Largs Bay are
normaly available in summer when the weather
is suitable. Boat Tours Image.
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The image below is of Largs South
Promenade, just south of the ferry pier. This
area is extremely scenic with a number of
Largs Info . Large Image .