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 week.
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Ayr Info Page.
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 torch.
Sawney Bean Page.
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
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
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 park.
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
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
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
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 area.
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
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 jet skies.
Troon Info Page.
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.
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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 good leisure areas as well. Website:
Seamill/West Kilbride Beach, as seen below, 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. Website: www.westkilbride.co.uk
There are more beaches to be added soon
such as Largs.