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Town and sea port
Troon skyline
Troon Beach
Portland Parish Church
Troon Cross
Troon Anchor

From top, left to right: Skyline of Troon, Troon South Beach, Portland Parish Church, Troon Cross, Troon Anchor
Troon is located in South Ayrshire
Location within South Ayrshire
Population14,950 (mid-2020 est.)[3]
OS grid referenceNS345255
Community council
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTroon
Postcode districtKA10
Dialling code01292
UK Parliament
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55°32′N 4°40′W / 55.54°N 4.66°W / 55.54; -4.66Coordinates: 55°32′N 4°40′W / 55.54°N 4.66°W / 55.54; -4.66

Troon is a town in South Ayrshire, situated on the west coast of Ayrshire in Scotland, about eight miles (thirteen kilometres) north of Ayr and three miles (five kilometres) northwest of Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

Troon has a port with freight services and a yacht marina. Up until January 2016, P&O operated a seasonal ferry service to Larne. In May 2006, a ferry service to Campbeltown was added, although this was withdrawn the following year.

In the 2001 census the population of Troon, not including the nearby village of Loans but including the Barassie area, was estimated at 14,766, a 4.77% increase on the 1991 estimate of 14,094.[5]


The name Troon is likely from a Brythonic or Pictish name cognate with Welsh trwyn ("nose, cape"). When Scottish Gaelic became the main language, it is possible that the Gaelic form An t-Sròn (pronounced [ənˠ̪ ˈt̪ʰɾɔːn]; "the nose") was used for the name Troon. Since the words sròn and trwyn are cognate, it could have been easily adapted from one language to the other.[1] This is similar to the Gaelic name of Stranraer (An t-Sròn Reamhar, the fat nose), which lies further south on the coast.[6] However, it is not certain if An t-Sròn was the Gaelic name, as its usage cannot be traced back any further than Johnston's Place-names of Scotland (1932). It is more likely that a gaelicized respelling, such as An Trùn, was used.[1]

The name An Truthail was used by Gaelic speakers on nearby Arran Island up until the 20th century.[1]


Troon is home to the Royal Troon golf course, one of the hosts of the Open Golf Championship. The course is chosen to host this annual event roughly every seven years.

The Ballast Bank shelters houses and the sawmill of Adam Wilson & Sons Ltd. at Harbour Road.
View from the esplanade to the Ballast Bank

The Duke of Portland added docks to the existing natural harbour on the north side of the headland. Later improvements increased the protection afforded by the headland with an artificial "ballast bank" made from the dumped ballast of incoming merchant ships.

Troon Harbour played a notable part in the development of the town for many years. It was home to the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, which constructed many vessels for worldwide customers but mainly small passenger and various merchant vessels. The fishing fleet from Ayr moved to Troon Harbour and a revitalisation of the abandoned section of the harbour started. An approach road was constructed to connect to a P&O terminal which operates a service to Ireland. The Seacat high speed ferry service briefly operated from Troon Harbour. It is now a fishing port, yachting marina, seasonal passenger ferry port and Ro-Ro ferry terminal for timber and containers. Shipbuilding at Troon Harbour ended in 2000.[7]

From 1812 Troon was the terminus of a horse-drawn railway connecting it to the Duke's coal mines around Kilmarnock. This was not licensed for passengers, a minor technicality evaded by weighing those wishing to travel and charging them freight rates. Troon (old) railway station was one of the first passenger stations in Scotland, as part of the Kilmarnock and Troon Railway formed when the horse-drawn line from Kilmarnock was upgraded to run steam locomotives. The town is now served by Troon railway station.

Troon is the birthplace of C. K. Marr, who left a fund to the people of Troon which was used to construct Marr College, the town's secondary school.[8]

Extension of Troon[edit]

The artist's impression and the theoretical master plan for Troon that the Duke of Portland had drawn up was almost on as grand a scale, relative to its size, as that of Edinburgh's New Town. The broad streets with a grid network and ample space for civic amenities created for a thriving community built around the industry of the harbour. Troon's prosperity allowed this confident plan to be proposed. The drawing shows two spires, the taller spire was of that proposed by Troon Parish Church. Although the new building was erected in 1895 the spire was never completed. To the right a smaller spire indicates Portland Street United Free Church, which sat behind where WH Smith is today.

The first railway in Scotland (Troon to Kilmarnock 1811) is clearly showing in the background. It was the Glasgow and South Western Railway in 1892 who altered this plan by building a loop to bring passengers closer to the beach and town. The park never came to pass but public spaces on the promenade, (where the bandstand was built), The Ballast Bank and Fullarton ground allow residents and visitors scope for leisure. The industrial units to the right of the harbour line towards Barassie were the Gas Works and Slaughter House.

Sport in Troon[edit]

Troon is perhaps most famous for its golf courses, but there is also a healthy sporting culture in other disciplines such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.[9]

Troon Handball Club

Troon Handball Club is a handball club that is located in Troon. The club was Founded in 2008 when Ayrshire Handball Club disbanded into Ayr HC, Belmont HC, Grange HC (formerly Kilmarnock HC), Kyle Academy HC and Troon Handball Club.

The club has two senior teams; a mens team and a woman’s team both Coached by head coach Stephen Neilson: Former Scottish and British handball player. Both the men and woman’s team compete in the top tier of the Scottish Handball Association league system.

The club also has a thriving junior section that is coached by mens first team player Chris Kerr. The club also works closely with Marr College the local secondary school and has been crowned Scottish schools and junior Scottish Cup champions on several occasions.

Troon Football Club

Troon F.C.[10] is the senior football side in the area, representing the town in the West of Scotland Football League and play at Portland Park, close to the town's heart in Portland Street.

Troon Dundonald A.F.C.

The prominent sports team in the village is Troon Dundonald A.F.C.[11]

The club was formed in 1983 by 3 'ageing' players, at which time they were named Troon Burns A.F.C., and have now surpassed their 30th season in the Ayrshire Amateur Football Association. During this time they have had a few name changes, sometimes due to sponsorship commitments, but in 1998/99 season, they settled on Troon Amateurs Football Club. The club President, Stuart Urquhart, still remains from the original founders of the club and he is as passionate as ever about everything that goes on within the club, as well as with Amateur football in general.

In the years since their formation, they have enjoyed three promotions in back to back seasons, 1983-1984 through 1985-1986, which saw them go from the fourth division to the first of Ayrshire's Amateur Leagues, which is one of the largest and toughest amateur leagues in Scotland.

SeaCat and P&O service[edit]

Troon harbour seen over the North Sands and Pan Rocks, with HSC Express at the P&O Ferries terminal, and log storage visible.

SeaCat opened passenger services from Troon in 1999, with catamaran ferries to Ireland. They were followed by P&O Irish Sea in 2003. SeaCat closed the following year.

Up until 2015, P&O Ferries operated seasonal sailings with the high speed catamaran HSC Express: the term 'SeaCat' is often used to refer to the P&O service.

P&O announced on 13 January 2016 that the Troon–Larne service was to close with immediate effect.[12]

The former SeaCat terminal is currently fenced off and is being used as log storage.

Educational provision[edit]

Troon has five primary schools. Four (Troon Primary School, Muirhead Primary School, Struthers Primary School and Barassie Primary School) are non-denominational, and one primary school provides Catholic educational provision: St. Patrick's Primary School.[13][14][15][16][17] Early years education is provided with a mix of private establishments and local authority establishments attached to primary schools which are operated by South Ayrshire Council. Troon is served by one secondary school, Marr College, which is operated by South Ayrshire Council.[18] Pupils who access Catholic educational provision usually transfer to Queen Margaret Academy in nearby Ayr as Troon currently has no separate secondary school that accommodates this provision.[17]

After school care provision in Troon is again a mix of private establishments and one local authority operated after school care club, which is based in and operated from Muirhead Care Club in the Muirhead area of the town.[19]

Early Years Centres[edit]

Troon Primary School, with adjacent Early Years Centre, located in Troon Town Centre
  • Troon Early Years Centre
  • Barassie Early Years Centre
  • Muirhead Early Years Centre
  • Struthers Early Years Centre
  • Granny Smiths Nursery (private establishment which is in partnership with South Ayrshire Council)
  • Meadowgreen Pre-School (private establishment which is in partnership with South Ayrshire Council)

Primary schools[edit]

  • Troon Primary School
  • Barassie Primary School
  • Muirhead Primary School
  • Struthers Primary School
  • St. Patrick's Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Notable residents and former residents[edit]

Fullarton House[edit]

Fullarton House was built by William Fullarton of that ilk in 1745 and altered by his son, however it was demolished in 1966 by the council who had been unable to maintain the building after purchasing it in 1928.

The entrance route had been changed by the Duke of Portland and the house design altered so that the back became the front, with grand views opened up of the Isle of Arran and Firth of Clyde.[38] After centuries of occupation the Fullarton lines possession had thus come to an end when the Duke of Portland purchased the property in 1805. He lived here for a while as his principal residence in Scotland, however he had a greater interest in developing Troon harbour and the Kilmarnock and Troon Railway.

The grounds are now a park with some signs of the old house still apparent, such as the magnificent stable block, the ornamental pediments, walled gardens, doocot and an ice house.[39] Reed Loch was located near Lochgreen House and was used latterly as a curling pond.

The Fullarton family[edit]

A pediment from the old Fullarton House.

The name is thought to come from the office of 'Fowler to the King', the purpose of which was to supply wild-fowl to the King as required. The dwelling which came with the post was called Fowlertoun and the family may have eventually adopted the name. The Fullarton's of Angus had been required by Robert I to supply him with wild-fowl at his castle of Forfar.[38]

Alanus de Fowlertoun was in possession of the lands shortly before his death in 1280 and the family continued in a nearly unbroken line from father to son. William Fullarton, the builder of the house, inherited the estate from his grandfather in 1710, he having inherited it from his brother in turn. Colonel Fullarton died in 1808, the last Fullarton of that Ilk laird.[38] He wrote in 1793 the seminal A General View of the Agriculture in the County of Ayr and was one of the few on record to praise Robert Burns's skills as a farmer, commenting favourably on a method of dishorning cattle which the poet had demonstrated. Burns is said to have visited Fullarton.[40]

The Fullarton grotto and stables[edit]

Crosbie Castle[edit]

Robert II granted the old Crosbie estate to the Fullartons in 1344 and by the 18th century the old castle was partly demolished and converted into an ice house for Fullarton House, with a doocot nearby.[39] In 1969 more of the ice house was demolished to make it safe. The building had been known as Crosby Place and later became Fullarton House, not long before the new building of the same name replaced it.[38]

Over the centuries the castle was rebuilt three times, in the same typical square design as seen at Dundonald Castle. The remains today mainly represent the Castle's dungeon. Many of Crosbie Castle's stones were used in the construction of the first Fullarton House. The dungeon, had an underground stream, making it the ideal cold storage cellar or ice house.[41]

Crosbie church and cemetery[edit]

The old church's gable end.

First recorded in 1229, the present structure dates from 1691. Tradition claims that the roof blew off on the day in 1759 that Robert Burns was born and it was left to become a ruin. One of the graves is that off David Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh, son of James, alleged assassin of the Regent Moray, bastard son of James V. This event occurred in 1570 and David died in 1619. David Fullarton of that Ilk had married David's sister.[39]

Constructed on the site of the original chapel, the name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'Crossbye', signifying the dwelling of the cross; a fairly common placename. The cemetery dates from circa 1240 and was held in secular times by Fullarton of Crosbie in the 14th century after being passed on from relatives. Records indicate that this ground was used by a holy order before the Fullartons arrived in the area.[41] The chapelry of Crosbie, together with that of Richardstoun (Riccartoun) were attached to Dundonald and were granted by the second Walter Stewart to the short-lived Gilbertine Convent which he had founded at Dalmulin before 1228. The convent was dis-established in 1238 and the chapel passed to the monks of Paisley Abbey.[42][43]

The cemetery was the burial ground for Troon until 1862 and family lairs were still in use until after the First World War. On the other side of the road, the remains of the church manse can still be seen (2009). The 'Wrack Road' was the Fullarton Estate estate road used by tenants who took their carts down to the shore to collect seaweed or wrack as fertilizer and it was the main road from Troon for funerals going to Crosbie.[41]

Janet McFadzean was buried in Crosbie cemetery in 1761 and the front of her tombstone reads: Here lyes the corps of Janet McFadzean, Spous of William McFadzean, Quarter-Master Sergean in Lovetenan General Homs Regiment of Sol., who died 22 August 1761, aged 27 years.

The reverse side reads:

Twenty-four years i lived a maiden life,
And three years i was a married wife,
In which time i lived a hapie life,
I trevld with him from toun to toun,
Until by death i was cut down.
In my sister's hous did die,
And here at Crosbie Kirk i ly,
Where i my rest and sleep will take,
Until at last i be awaked.
It will not be with tuk of drum,
But it will be when the trumpet sound,
And while ile my Redeemer see,
Who shed his preshios blood for me.

Views of the cemetery[edit]

An epistle by John Laing suggests that Crosbie Kirk is haunted:

But sir, sin' I maun let you know
Langsyne when I was forced to go
By Crosby Kirk to meet my Joe
When it was dark,
I feared that spunkies wad bestow
On me their mark.

An' comin' hame, the truth to tell,
An' fast upon the hour o' twal,
Nae mortal seen but just mysel',
I shook wi' fear,
Lest ghaist or aught wad skirl an' yell,
An' cause a steer.

Deed Sir, I've often heard it tell,
By folk much aulder than mysel',
There ghaists an' spunkies used to dwell
In days gane by,
An' aften they've been heard to yell,
An' groan an' sigh!

Our Lady of the Assumption and St Meddan Church[edit]

Gothic revival church designed by Reginald Fairlie and consecrated in 1911, presbytery added in 1914. It is a Category A listed building.[44] The building of both the church and presbytery was funded by a sum of money left to Troon's Roman Catholic community by John Patrick Crichton Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute.


Troon is part of the Ayr Scottish parliamentary constituency which has been represented by Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP Siobhian Brown since the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. The constituency also incorporates the towns of Ayr and Prestwick. At Westminster, Troon has formed part of the Central Ayrshire constituency since 2005. It is represented by SNP MP Philippa Whitford: the constituency extends south into Prestwick and rural South Ayrshire and north into Irvine and part of Kilwinning.


Four Councillors currently represent the area of Troon as part of South Ayrshire Council:

Ward Councillors Party
Troon Kenneth Bell Scottish Conservative Party
Bob Bollock Scottish Conservative Party
Craig provan Scottish National Party
Phil Saxton Scottish Labour Party

Troon Town Hall, which is the meeting place of Troon Community Council, was completed in 1932.[45]

Independence referendum[edit]

On 18 September 2014 a referendum was held on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. The South Ayrshire Council area voted against Scotland becoming an independent country at 58% No 42% Yes whilst Troon (which was counted with the rest of South Ayrshire) voted overwhelmingly against independence at 65% No 35% Yes.[46]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Blair, Anna (1983). Tales of Ayrshire. London: Shepheard-Walwyn. ISBN 0-85683-068-2.
  • MacIntosh, I. M. (1969). Old Troon.
  • McPherson, I. (2000). Old Troon.
  • Wylie, Stewart C., and Wilson, James (1991). Troon in Old Picture Postcards.

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