Troon Yacht Haven recently celebrated its 40th year and, with a popular restaurant, a new waterfront hotel and healthy sailing club, it is easy to see why many are attracted to this safe harbour.
There are many reasons why Troon Yacht Haven is such a popular marina. Just 10 minutes from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, and around half an hour from Glasgow city, Troon is easily accessible and a great stop off en route to Ireland and the South.
But the real attraction is being the first sheltered haven you reach as you enter the stunning cruising grounds of Scotland’s west coast. Troon is arguably best known as a golfing mecca, with Royal Troon Golf Club playing host to many a British Open Championship, but the maritime and seafaring presence is strong in this Ayrshire town.
Having been awarded Best UK Marina/Harbour 2017, the marina has had heavy investment in its facilities with new pontoons, upgraded customer Wi-Fi, a new on-site chandlery and a new waterfront hotel. Part of the award-winning Yacht Havens Group, Troon offers all the charm, warmth and personal service of a family owned marina whilst delivering a wealth of valuable services.
FACILITIES & BERTHING
In terms of facilities, Troon ticks the boxes when it comes to the pre-requisites to be a modern day marina: full tide access, a minimum depth of -2.5m CD, easy access to water and electric, visitor berths, fuel and 24 hour service, not forgetting the friendly customer service that is synonymous with Yacht Havens Group.
Berth holders at Troon can now rest in luxury with a range of new facilities available to them. The new berth holder lounge provides complimentary Wi-Fi as well as sofas and a desk for boaters to relax, catch up on emails and watch the latest news on a wall-mounted television. Adjacent to the lounge, a new laundrette offers 24/7 convenience. Plus, most importantly, the new washrooms provide that extra comfort and warmth that is required after a day’s sailing on the Scottish west coast.
400 fully serviced pontoon berths
55 ton boat hoist
Hard standing for more than 120 boats
Slipway for small boat launching and dry berthing
24 hour access to facilities: toilets, showers and laundry
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Ample free parking
On-water diesel available 24/7
Excellent security including CCTV surveillance
Troon Chandlery on-site
14 days free berthing at Yacht Haven’s six other marinas including the nearby Largs Yacht Haven
The Salt Lodge hotel
Scotts Bar and Restaurant
Opened in 2020, The Salt Lodge is Troon’s newest hotel with comfortable and flexible accommodation overlooking the Yacht Haven. The 10 room hotel includes one and two bedroom suites, each equipped with stylish living spaces, a kitchen and dining area, and the option of great food and drink at the adjacent restaurant, Scotts. All rooms come with panoramic views over the harbour, breakfast included and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms even allow dogs.
If you have got friends and family coming to visit you on board and you need some extra room, or you just fancy a luxury night ashore while overlooking your boat, The Salt Lodge provides the perfect solution. After a busy first season, the hotel was awarded a Traveller Review Award based on their 9.5/10 booking.com feedback. saltlodgehotel.com
The West Coast of Scotland has some of the best sailing waters in the world, and Troon Yacht Haven offers the perfect location to enjoy them. As the most southerly marina on the Clyde estuary, Troon offers the choice of exploring the sheltered waters of the upper firth or heading to Ireland or the western isles.
The isle of Arran is only 15 miles from Troon, and if you stick to an exact westerly course you will arrive at Lamlash. Visitor moorings are available and a warm welcome awaits ashore where you can enjoy a pleasant lunch looking out over the bay to the Holy Isle.
Heading north from Lamlash, you will arrive at the mouth of the stunning Loch Fyne whereas to the south, leaving the Island of Pladda to starboard and Ailsa Craig to port, you will experience some breath taking scenery as you sail towards the Mull of Kintyre. Round the Mull of Kintyre, the islands of Gigha, Jura and Islay offer stunning cruising with the Crinan Canal offering an easy shortcut back to Loch Fyne.
THINGS TO DO
The coastal town of Troon is a popular holiday destination, and it is easy to see why. Beautiful beaches, a fascinating history, some of the finest golf courses in the world, ancient castles and captivating visitor attractions are all on offer.
For an ideal day in Troon, the coastal walk from Troon Yacht Haven to Royal Troon Golf Club via the ballast bank and South Beach promenade is highly recommended. Or, for a more leisurely stroll, why not take in the high quality shops in Troon town centre? After all that walking, take a refreshing swim at Troon swimming pool and finish the day with a cocktail on the terrace at Scotts overlooking the marina. If golf is your passion, you have come to the right place. Troon has six golf courses to choose from, including the Open Championship venue – The Royal Troon Golf Club.
Other attractions nearby:
Royal Dundonald Castle, Dundonald
Dean Castle, Kilmarnock
The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine
Culzean Castle, Maybole
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Ayr
Troon swimming pool
Troon Yacht Haven
The Harbour, Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6DJ
Tel 01292 315 553
VHF Channel 37 or 80