The best beaches in Ayrshire
Believe it or not, one of the best things about Scotland is its beaches. From mile-wide sandy bays to secluded rocky coves, Ayrshire is home to plenty of beautiful beaches and they’re the perfect place to enjoy fun-filled family days out, exhilarating watersports, or leisurely strolls along the shoreline.
Here’s our pick of the best beaches in Ayrshire.
Maidens beach is, as you may have guessed, in the historic fishing village of Maidens. The sandy beach is popular with tourists, water sports enthusiasts, and walkers, and there is a stunning coastal path with takes you all the way up to Culzean Castle and Country Park.
The beach is also perfect for birdwatching. Between August and the end of March you can frequently see redshank, oystercatchers, shelduck, sandwich terns and golden plovers. There are also plenty of grassy areas for picnics, as well as a café, shop, and children’s play area.
Ayr Beach is one of the best beaches in Scotland. The wide, sandy bay offers amazing views of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran, and has even been awarded a Seaside Award from Keep Scotland Beautiful. The beach is also next to the fabulous Low Green – a large lawned area which has been popular with tourists and locals since the Victorian era.
The seafront is part of the popular Sustrans National Cycle Route 7, and visitors can also enjoy birdwatching, picnics, or boat trips from the nearby harbour. As well as a charming café, there’s also a putting green, crazy golf, and children’s play area – making it ideal for families.
Croy Beach lies between Maidens and Dunure, and is a mile-long beach with rocky outcrops and low-rise cliffs at one end. The popular Ayrshire Coastal Path passes close by, meaning the area is popular with walkers, and the beach is also renowned for stunning sunsets over the Atlantic.
With plenty of great coffee shops and restaurants nearby, the beach is the perfect place to enjoy a wintery walk or spend a sunny afternoon. It’s also just a short walk from the market town of Maybole, with its quaint shops, fascinating architecture, and historic castle.
Troon Beach is popular all year round and is a great place for walking. The beach offers beautiful views across to the Isle of Arran and is backed by a lively esplanade where you’ll find ice cream stands and a fish and chip shop.
As well as a fabulous beach, the town of Troon has a bustling harbour that supplies fresh fish and seafood to the nearby fish market and local restaurants. There are also plenty of charming shops and some beautiful Italian gardens to explore.
Irvine beach and its beautiful golden sands are surrounded by sand dunes and grass at the mouth of the River Irvine. The beach boasts stunning views of the nearby islands and has plenty of parking, toilets, and a picturesque picnic area.
The beach is great for walkers and is simply stunning on a sunny day. There are also several pubs, cafés, and shops nearby as well as the Scottish Maritime Museum which features plenty of exciting exhibits celebrating Scotland’s seafaring heritage.
For more information about things to do in Ayrshire and the local area, please get in touch with our team at Brunston who will be happy to help you plan your trip.