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From:  Troon (NS322312)
To:  Loans (NS351301)
Distance:  4 miles (6.4 km)
Meets:  A759, A759, A78
Former Number(s):  A78
Highway Authorities

South Ayrshire

Traditional Counties


Route outline (key)
B746 Troon - Barassie
(A759) Barrasie - Loans
B746 Loans
This article is about the current B746 east of Troon.
For the original B746 east of Ayr, now part of the A719, see B746 (Ayr - Galston)

The B746 is split into two distinct sections which follow a bizarre route through the Ayrshire town of Troon.

North Shore Road

The route starts in the centre of town at traffic lights on the A759 Portland Street and heads northwestwards along Barassie Street for one block to a T-junction a stone's throw from the sea. It TOTSOs to the right here and follows North Shore Road along the coast into the suburb of Barassie. Wide grassy lawns, with a couple of parking areas, stretch out to the beach on the left, while interwar or newer council housing stands on the opposite side of the road, many set back behind more lawns, enjoying the sea views. After passing some blocks of flats., a few older houses are passed and then the road bears sharply right to head inland on Kilmarnock Road. It soon goes over the Ayrshire Coast Line at a bridge just south of the station on a modern bridge, before curving a little to the north east. The route is passing between, rather than through, housing estates, with a T junction and Roundabout providing access. Before long the route reaches a T-junction back on the A759.

This is the pre-bypass route of the A78 and before the bypass opened the B746 ended here. However, there's now a multiplex south for just over a mile along the old main road into and through Loans, where the A759 turns right at a mini-roundabout to run into Troon. At this point it is just over one and a half miles to the start of the B746 in the town centre! The route continues along the pre-bypass A78, past the last houses and back into open country. A short spur soon turns left and reaches the southbound slip roads on the present A78 at a roundabout. The northbound onslip is the next turn left, after which the route remains two-way for a short distance to a side road, the road ahead being the surprisingly long northbound offslip.

The council lists now seem to suggest a slightly different starting point, at the roundabout between Port Ranald Drive and Harbour Road. The B746 then runs north along Port Ranald Drive, past the Supermarket, and across the roundabout with Jubilee Road to meet Barassie Street. However, neither Barassie Street nor Jubilee Road are listed as being part of the B746, meaning the route no longer has a connection with the A759 in the centre of Troon. The accuracy of this information is not certain, and it is not reflected in any mapping at present. The B746 does not appear to be signed anywhere within the town centre area, and 'through traffic' for 'all routes' is signed along Jubilee Road past the supermarket.


The B746 number was first allocated to Troon at some point before 1932, the route having previously been unclassified. The original route through the town is a little uncertain due to the scales of the mapping available, although it doesn't appear to have been changed. However, in Barrassie it used Hillhouse Road to the north of the current route. This took it under two low bridges under the railway and so the old road has been bypassed and closed to through traffic, with the eastern bridge part of a cycle route.

The Loans Bypass on the A78 opened in 1983, with the old route through the village being assigned the B746 number at that time. Apart from the proximity of the two parts of the route, there is little to suggest that they form part of a single route for any sensible journey.

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