Located on the coast of Scotland and easily accessed from Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, the south east Ayrshire town of Troon is a favourite destination for golfers from across the UK. The town lies on what has come to be known as Scotland's 'Golf Coast', in reference to the numerous excellent courses that can be found here. The town's location feels wonderfully rural, but good transport links mean visitors are not cut off from larger towns and cities. Troon is a good base for visitors wishing to explore South Ayrshire and enjoys a scenic location on the rugged Scottish coast. A visit here lends itself well to adventure sports and wildlife spotting breaks, thanks to the rural nature of Troon's location. The town is built around its harbour and, along with golf, fishing is popular with both locals and tourists. The town may be relatively small, with a population of around 14,000, but it is well equipped with guest houses, bed and breakfast accommodation, hotels, bars and restaurants.
Troon is less than 10 minutes' drive from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, which is served by flights from London, Dublin and Belfast as well as major European destinations served by budget airlines, including Rome Ciampino, Brussells Charlerio, Malaga and Tenerife. Troon has a rail station with links to the rest of Scotland and, via connections, to destinations across the UK. Arriving in Troon by road is also fairly straightforward. The A/M77 trunk road skirts the town and the roads leading to Troon itself are clearly singposted. The M77 links Troon with Glasgow and is also connected to the M8 Edinburgh motorway.
Twice-hourly trains depart from Troon each weekday (the services are hourly on Sundays), to Glasgow and Paisley railway stations as well as Ayr and Prestwick Airport.
Things to See and Do
Many visitors to Troon head here for the excellent golf, with the Royal Troon Golf Course famous among in-the-know golfers the world over. The course is just one of a total of six in and around Troon, putting the town firmly on the golfing map. The course hosts the Open Golf Championship roughly every seven years, attracting spectators in their droves and the rest of the time is open to both professional and amateur golfers. The beach is pleasant when the sun shines (and yes, it does shine occasionally!) and Troon's marina is a nice place to take a stroll or stop for a bite to eat and a drink. The beaches of North Sands and South Sands are within easy reach of Troon and offering promenades with family-friendly attractions and sailing is also a very popular arctivity among visitors to Troon.
Drinking and Dining
Visitors to Troon would be well advised to make fish the dish of the day, as the coastal location makes this an excellent spot for catching many different types of fish. Whether you enjoy a simple but traditional and extremely tasty, dish of fish and chips while strolling along the beach, or head to one of Troon's more sophisticated seafood restaurants, fish lovers will not be disappointed. There are several places in the town where visitors can choose sample international cusine – Italian, French and Indian are just some of the options – and there are lots of traditional tearooms serving delicious cakes and other treats that make a great midafternoon snack. While Troon is not what one would call a party town, it does have plenty of traditional pubs and a few smart bars and some stay open fairly late into the night for those who don't want to head home early.
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