TUESDAY 22 MARCH, 2016
TROON TO AYR
11 MILES 4.5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL AND BILL
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1458 MILES
Our accommodation for this trip was the excellent South Beach hotel in Troon (a detailed assessment will be given later).
After a first class evening meal and a good night’s sleep we were ready to take on day two’s walk. As we had an early start the previous day and we expected today’s walk to be a straight forward beach walk we opted for an extra hour in bed and a later start. Breakfast was excellent and we left the hotel about 1030 and made our way to Troon harbour, the start of the days walk. It was dull and overcast when we set off from the harbour walking round the west side of the headland passed the timber sawmill towards the town. We were able to follow a walkway close to the sea which led us onto the sea front at Port Ronnald and then South Sands. We continued on the sands out of town passed the Marine Hotel moving onto the dunes occasionally to view Royal Troon golf course. The beach walk continued to the end of the golf course where an unnamed, wide and deep river runs out into the sea. A short detour inland passed a caravan park took us over a metal footbridge onto the dunes, back to the beach and we continued our sea edge walk to Prestwick. After a short tea break at a cafe on the sea front we continued along the sands passed Bell Rock into Ayr. On reaching Ayr we walked into town crossing the river Ayr at the ‘New Bridge’ before making our way back down to the sea near the leisure centre. A pleasant walk along the beach on Ayr sea front took us to the finish of the days walk at the footbridge over the river Doon. From there we walked into the town centre bus station where we caught a local service bus back to Troon.
Summary; A very easy walk. More or less flat beach walking all the way.
Highs; All very enjoyable….no particular highlights.
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