The Beach Guide

Turnberry Beach

Turnberry Beach - Strathclyde

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Turnberry is a wide sandy beach in a rural surrounding, backed by the famous Ailsa Golf Course, a regular spot on the Open Championships.

It looks out over the Firth of Clyde, with views across to the mountainous Isle of Arran. The beach itself is backed by an extensive sand dune system.

Whilst being an excellent place for golf enthusiasts, the area is also very popular for keen walkers, with the Ayrshire Coastal Path passing the beach. To the north of the beach, visitors can walk as far as Turnberry Lighthouse, now converted into a suite in the Trump Turnberry luxury hotel (so one to avoid!), attached to the golf courses in the area.

The village of Turnberry sits at the southern end of the beach. Parking and toilets can be found here, along with many more places to stay to enjoy the local walks and the golf.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Toilets

Nearest town



KA26 9LN

OS grid ref.

NS 1996 0554