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 area.
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 week. Large Image .
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
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 torch.
Sawney Bean Page . Ballantrae
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
Google Map .
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
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
Girvan Page . Girvan
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 House across the road from the
Turnberry Page . Turnberry
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
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 cars.
Croy Beach runs for over 1 mile south
towards Culzean 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
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
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
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 Page .
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
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 jet skies.
Troon Page . Troon
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 oldest Inn
at Irvine, The Ship Inn, for meals is a
short walk from the beach. Large Image
Irvine Page . Irvine Google
Saltcoats Beach, as seen below, is
situated a few miles north of Irvine.
Saltcoats Beach is long and wide with fine
sand that is always in good condition. The
promenade runs for miles to the harbour at
the south side with the harbour area having
outdoor kids rides, Large Indoor Kids Play,
Cinema, and Oscar's bar/diner. Website.
. Saltcoats Page
Saltcoats Beach Promenade, as seen
below, has a number of parking areas and
some kids play areas. The grasslands here
run for about 1 mile.
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 below.
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.
. Seamill Google
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
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 leisure activities. Large
Largs Page . Largs