Maidens is a
village in Ayrshire, southwest Scotland,
situated about 16 miles south of Ayr. 7
miles north of Girvan.
The village is popular for its beach,
beach park, restaurant at the Wildings
Hotel, walk along the beach into Culzean
Castle & Country Park, pony trekking,
and golf at the Turnbery Golf Club one
mile south of the village.
There are a number of Residential
Holiday Parks around Maidens, with many
people from central Scotland having
holiday homes in the parks.
Ayrshire has some of the top Beaches
in Scotland, top Golf, top Restaurants
and a number of Country Parks and Castles, a
popular place for holiday homes close to
the sea, and only a 90 minute drive from
The image top is of the small Maidens
Church on the north side of the village
with the beach park and beach across the
The image second top is of the village
shop next to the church, a popular place
for hot and cold snacks, a busy little
The harbour area at maidens has been
developed for leisure craft, and used by
Coastal Rowing Club. Rowing has
become popular in Scotland again with a
number of clubs around the country.
Maidens Bowling Club welcomes visitors
form other clubs around the country.
The Wildings Hotel has one of the top
rated restaurants in Ayrshire, attracting
many famouse guests when golf tournaments
are held at Turnberry.
The vast park by the beach is ideal
for ball games and has a kids play.
The beach can get extremely busy in
hot spells. It runs north into Culzean
Coutry Park with its famous castle, one
of the top castles to visit in
The Shanter Horse Riding Centre offer
hacks along the beack into Culzean
There had been a settlement, and now
demolished castle at maidens from about
Fishing was the main occupation for
hundreds of years, and the Marquess of
Ailsa built the harbour up to its present
day form in the mid 1800s, to hold more
fishing boats, and to service a shipyard
and gas works.
The main Ailsa Shipyard was at
Troon, about 23 miles north.
Shipbuilding in the area started to
decline after World War Two. The Ailsa
Yard at Troon survived until 2000, by
building some fairly large boats, and
The only shipbuilders left on this
section of coast, is Nobles at Girvan,
that build fishing boats up to 70 feet,
the largest size allowed to fish in the
Firth of Clyde, although they now mainly
The opening of a large fish market at
Troon in the mid 1980s, led to many of
the smaller harbours down the coast, such
as Maidens, loosing much of their trade.
These harbours now mainly hold pleasure
vessels, and just an odd fishing
The harbour trust was formed in 1988,
to look at developing Maidens harbour for
low cost moorings of pleasure vessels,
and attracting back some fishing