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 to Turnberry Lighthouse, now converted into a suite of the Trump Turnberry luxury hotel (yes, as in Donald), attached to the golf courses in the area. The lighthouse is actually built on the site of Turnberry Castle, birthplace of Robert the Bruce.

The village of Turnberry sits at the southern end of the beach. Parking 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?

Dogs allowed

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Nearest town



KA26 9LN

OS grid ref.

NS 1996 0554


parking available on the beach

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