Troon has long been a holiday destination for those looking for a coastal getaway or a round of golf. Many visitors would arrive by train, the well-kept, eye-catching station adding to the town’s appeal.
Unfortunately, the historic building was severely damaged by fire in 2021 but plans to rebuild the Victorian station are well underway, the designs for a modernised hub being revealed by Network Rail earlier this year.
In the meantime, visitors continue to flock to the town, enjoying everything Troon has to offer: Royal Troon Golf Club, watersports, boutique shops, sandy beaches and a host of bars, restaurants, cafés and coffee shops. Not forgetting the award-winning Yacht Haven and nearby Dundonald Castle.
But the people themselves are just as important. A warm welcome is assured from those who stay and work in Troon, all of whom take pride in the town and its community. People like Joe Millar, Troon’s Citizen of the Year, and Louise Russell, founder of the unique animal charity, Give a Dog a Bone.
The town’s activities, of course, are not just for visitors. Residents can sing in the Rock Choir or try their hand at petanque. They can play or spectate at Troon Football Club or Marr Rugby Club. Kids can enjoy themselves at Football Fun Factory, or eat their favourite ice-cream on the esplanade.
There’s something for everyone in Troon. You might even bump into a celebrity or two! Maybe Andrew Cotter will be walking his Labradors, Olive and Mabel. Perhaps local author, Claire Alexander, will be searching for inspiration on the endless sandy beach. One thing’s for sure, you can always rely on the iconic Ailsa Craig to make an appearance.