On Saturday 15 September 2012, walk for water so others don’t have to.

Ayr to Troon Harbour

This is classed as an easy walk, with pavements, paths and sandy beaches. A suggested starting point is Wellington Square, as you will walk past St Johns Kirk (Robert the Bruce’s first parliament held there after Bannockburn) and Cromwell’s Citadel. Care should be taken at Newton esplanade – waves can break over the seawall. At the end of Newton Esplanade, follow the path and ACP signs alongside the golfcourse, then cut down to the beach at the marker post, and follow it round Bentfield Point. To avoid a rough stretch of shore, a path may be used next to St Nicholas Golf Course. If using this, please remember basic golfing etiquette. (Do not use the path beyond the marker post leading round the golf course inland of the houses, blind hole and flying golf balls!) If the tide is high, the winds too strong or the water too cold to paddle across the burn to Troon south beach there are other route options. First, cut in from the beach through a gap in the dunes at a large marker pole 600m short of Pow Burn to emerge at the north end of Prestwick gold course. Here follow a path over a large bridge leading towards a path skirting the west side of the caravan park. An option is to walk along the dune-top path parallel to the golf course from the end of Prestwick Esplanade to reach the Pow Burn Bridge. Walk along Troon South Beach, and cut up onto Esplanade at Royal Troon Clubhouse. Do not walk on the dunes parallel to the golf course as this area is ecologically fragile

Distance: 
7.8 miles / 12.5 km
Estimated Walking Time: 
3 - 4 hours
Difficulty: 
Easy
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