Where is it?
Troon is a small seaside town on the north Ayrshire coast, a few miles from Prestwick International Airport and a short hop from Glasgow down the M77.
What’s going on?
Recently voted the happiest place to live in Scotland and the second happiest in the whole of the UK in a Rightmove survey, Troon boasts sandy beaches, stunning views and a long esplanade, ideal for walking and cycling.
It’s within easy reach of seven golf courses, including Royal Troon, home to the Open, and its yacht haven is one of the Clyde’s leading sailing centres. The town centre is vibrant and busy, with lovely little shops and cafes providing something different from the high street.
For a small town, it also has a number of excellent hotels, perfect for special occasion dining, weddings and spa weekends.
Places to eat?
It has to be fish and chips at the seaside, surely? And there is no finer fish and chip shop in the country than the Wee Hurrie, a delightful, permanently queued-out establishment right at the harbour.
Fresh fish, hand-cut chips, homemade tartare sauce and a warm welcome await.
Troon Concert Hall serves up a diverse programme each year – forthcoming highlights include the 17th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival (October 6 to 8), featuring more than 150 ales, live music, and delicious tastings.
Stewart Milne Homes’ Earl’s Green development in Barassie, Troon features a collection of four and five-bedroom homes set in tree-lined avenues with views towards Arran. Prices start at £230,000 (www.stewartmilnehomes.com, 0845 075 8145.)
Let’s buy ….
Southwood House, a magnificent B-listed five-bedroom detached home overlooking Royal Troon Golf Course and beyond towards the sea.
Offers over £1,950,000 from Donald Ross Residential (01292 288222, www.donaldross.co.uk)