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By Road

Troon is located on the Ayrshire coast between the neighbouring towns of Prestwick to the south and Irvine to the north.

If coming from the south follow the A77 to the Monktonhead roundabout, then take the second exit which leads on to the A78. At the next roundabout take the second exit on to the A79 and after 200m turn right on to the B749 which leads into the centre of the town. Follow the signs for the car ferries and this leads into Harbour road. The Yacht Haven is on the right hand side of the road and is entered between two large black gates mounted on yellow sandstone pillars.

If travelling from Glasgow (35 miles) follow the M77/A77 to the Monktonhead roundabout, then follow the instructions above.

If coming from the north follow the A78 past Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston, then past Irvine before taking the Troon turning which leads on to the B746 to Barassie and Troon.

By Rail

Troon lies on the main Stranraer to Glasgow line. Trains run from Glasgow to Ayr roughly every half hour, and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes from Glasgow and 10 minutes from Ayr.

By Air

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is located just over 3 miles from Troon and has direct flights to London, Bournemouth, Dublin, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Brussels. Ryanair provide an excellent low-cost service to many other European destinations.

By Sea

Troon is served by the P & O Ferry from Belfast. Check their timetable for specific dates and sailing times. Approaching by sea the harbour waypoint is 55 33.20N, 004 42.00W. The harbour is accessible at all states of the tide and in all weathers. A yellow strobe light on the West Pier provides advance warning of ferry movements and mariners should listen on VHF channels 16 and 14. Troon Yacht Haven operates on Channel 80.

A Brief History of Troon

Troon has always been a popular seaside holiday destination with extensive sandy beaches to the north and south of the Harbour. The town centre dates from the early 1800's and it is name is derived from the Gaelic words "An-Trone" the "nose" or "bill" which refers to the bold promontory where the harbour is now located. King Robert II gifted the town to the Fullarton Family in 1344 for services to the Crown. It remained in their possession until 1805 when it was sold to the 4th Duke of Portland, Marquis of Ailsa.

In 1707 Troon became a Free Port and witnessed an emerging industrialisation with the advent of shipbuilding, a railway repairs depot, shipbreaking, a saltworks and it became the terminus for the first Scottish railway, built to transfer coal from the Kilmarnock mines to Troon for export by sea. This railway ran through the site on which Troon Yacht Haven now stands.

Now it is famed for its wonderful golf links and it plays host to the British Open on many occasions.

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