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Barassie
 
 
Facilities:- Park in streets at north end of Barassie.
 
Features:-
We usually walk north from where we parked
 
View:-
Arran, Ailsa Craig
 
Wildlife:-
King Eider has occurred here
 
Doggie Rating:-
  • Pretty good
  • Safely away from road
  • Can be good for shells


Troon
 
 
Facilities:- Car park and toilets to south of centre
 
Features:-
Good stretch of sand
 
View:-
 
 
Wildlife:-
 
 
Doggie Rating:-
  • to add??


Prestwick
 
 
Facilities:- Northern car park along beach
 
Features:-
 
 
View:-
Sea, sand and dunes
 
Wildlife:-
Usually some little waders such as sanderling, or dunlin
 
Doggie Rating:-
  • Pretty good
  • Safely away from road
  • Usually quite quiet
  • Suggest parking at south side of building in car park for vehicle security i.e. more people around.


Ayr Seafront
 
Grid Ref:-
 
Facilities:- Usually OK for parking on promenade.
 
Features:-
Sandy beach - but can get quite busy.
 
View:-
Arran, bay
 
Wildlife:-
 
Doggie Rating:-
 
  • Bit too close to road for owners liking
  • Can be quite busy

 

Doonfoot
 
Grid Ref:-
 
Facilities:- Car park by bridge over mouth of river doon, also a car park a little towards the cliff top castle.
 
Features:-
Probably best heading south towards the castle.
We use this most when we feel the lads need a break and we are around Ayr.
 
View:-
Arran, bay - nice view over to Ayr
 
Wildlife:-
Duck, waders and other sea birds such as gulls and terns.
 
Doggie Rating:-
 
South towards castle
  • Pretty good
  • Safely away from road


Maybole Shore / Croy Shore
 
 
Facilities:- Toilets at Croy Shore, elsewhere possible to find a tree
 
Features:-
Walk south to Culzean Castle. Can actually go along beach under the Castle all the way to Maidens, though a bit hard going just below the castle.
Sandy near the caravan park. Good rockpools when the tide is out. Further north stays sandy for a bit then lava type rock.
To south gets more stoney but manageable. Nice near the cottage - which is a holiday rental.
 
 
View:-
Sea, cliffs, Ailsa Craig, Arran, across to Kintyre on a clear day.
 
Wildlife:-
Sometimes can see deer prints on the beach. Have seen seals, and porpoise.
Peregrine, plenty of grey heron, white winged gulls, terns, shearwaters, ravens, gannets.
Anemone, star fish, sea urchins. - in rock pools.
 
Doggie Rating:-
  • Plenty to sniff at - rocks, trees
  • Safe swimming
  • Safe distance from vehicles
  • Good flat sand for ball throwing and chasing
  • Not too many people


Maidens
 
 
Facilities:- Toilets at car park on North Side. Car park also with picnic area near harbour
 
Features:-
Walk north towards Culzean Castle - there is a track that leads into the castle grounds - near Swan Pond which is quite nice.
 
From the Harbour Car park - it is nice to walk the harbour wall. If you go south of the harbour, there is a nice little beach, followed by rocks with lots of shells.
 
View:-
Sea, Ailsa Craig, Arran, harbour.
 
Wildlife:-
Duck, waders and other sea birds such as gulls and terns.
 
Doggie Rating:-
 
North towards castle
  • Fair sand but risk of quicksand
  • Safely away from road
  • nice wooded area up from the beach

South of Harbour

  • Bit rocky, but shells keep the "olds" happy


Turnberry
 
 
Facilities:- Car park near the little shop
 
Features:-
Lane to beach by the golf course.
At the beach there is a stream which can be difficult to cross if you are going south. Has produced some nice beachcombing.
 
View:-
Sea, Ailsa Craig, Arran
 
Wildlife:-
Duck, gulls and terns. Breeding ringed plover. Stonechat on grasses by the golf course. Grasshopper warbler near dunes in 2006
 
Doggie Rating:-
 
North towards lighthouse
  • Safely away from road

South towards factory

  • Sand and rocks, best of both.