Maidens, Ayrshire, KA26 9NP
Maidens is a beautiful little coastal village with a lovely long sandy beach and grass foreshore.
The harbour, like many west coast harbours, was originally built for fishing but today is mainly used by those who sail for pleasure.
To the north of the beach is Culzean Castle and Estate, built in 1777 by the architect Robert Adam, it is owned and maintained by the National Trust and is considered to be one of Scotland's treasures.
To the south are Port Murray and Turnberry, famous for its golf courses.
The village is extremely popular and has two
caravan parks and many day-trippers come to enjoy the beach area, the car
parking, landscaped picnic area and equipped play area.
There is a nearby riding school, which often takes classes down to the beach area. For those who prefer to conserve their energy, sit and admire the scenery, with on the horizon Ailsa Craig and on a clear day the Mull of Kintyre.
Maidens is an excellent site for ornithologists with the bay forming part of the R.S.P.B. designated Ornithological Site which runs from Girvan Harbour to Maidens. The type of birds to look out for is redshank, oystercatchers, shelduck, sandwich terns and golden plovers. The best time of year for sightings is between August and the end of March.