Ballast Bank

Ballast Bank, Troon
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Ballast Bank, Troon

Shielding Troon Harbour from the southwest and located a half-mile (1 km) west of the centre of the town, the Ballast Bank was built from 1840 by the Duke of Portland to protect his new harbour. The harbour was exposed to gales and these had damaged several ships while trying to enter. The bank got its name because the ballast from cargo ships was used in its construction, together with material excavated during the building of the harbour. The Ballast Bank today provides an elevated view over Troon and out over the Firth of Clyde to Arran.

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