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Barassie is a long, wide and mostly flat, sandy beach, although its expanse depends largely on the tide. At low tide there is a vast area for visitors explore, but when the tide comes in, water covers most of the beach.
Troon Harbour lies to the south and is visible from the beach. The beach is separated from the main road and the town of Barassie by a grassy plain that is excellent for walking, with views out onto the Firth of Clyde. It is also a popular place for family picnics.
There is a car park along Beach Road in Barassie adjacent to the beach. There are also public toilets and a picnic area here. For facilities such as shops, restaurants and pubs, there are a number of options in Troon, along Portland Street, which is a few hundred meters south of the beach.
Both towns have railway stations along the Ayrshire Coast Line with frequent services to Glasgow.
This part of Strathclyde is home to a number of golf courses, including the Municipal Golf Club, set a few hundred meters back from the beach and Kilmarnock Golf Course which is at the northern end of the beach.