Troon, is situated about eight miles north of Ayr and only three miles northwest of Glasgow Prestwick International Airport. Lying across the Firth of Clyde, the Isle of Arran can be seen. Troon is also a port with freight and ferry services - the P&O Express to Larne and a yacht marina. In the 2001 Census the population of Troon, not including the nearby village of Loans but including the Barassie area, was estimated at 14,766.
Troon is famous for its Royal Troon golf course, host to the Open Golf Championship, which is typically held every seven years.
Troon harbour played a notable part in the development of the town for many years. It was home to the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, which constructed many vessels for worldwide customers but mainly small passenger and various merchant vessels. The fishing fleet from Ayr moved to Troon harbour and a revitalisation of the abandoned section of the harbour started. The name "Troon" is thought to derive from the Welsh "trwyn", a nose or cape. This name is certainly suggestive of the town's geographical position. Troon is also the birthplace of C.K. Marr, who left a considerable fortune upon death to the people of Troon.