Maidens to Prestwick – Section 2 | Day 5

Renegade is rowing today from Maidens to Prestwick – a row of 13 miles. Renegade is a loose group of rowers, based in the South West, who row Navajo and Arapaho and is for those who dare to be different.

2 miles on from Maidens is Culzean Castle, the jewel in the crown of the National Trust for Scotland.

Ailsa Lass, from Troon, rowing past Culzean Castle as part of Carrick’s Excisemen’s Chase Event

Port Rorie, the pride of Dunure Coastal Rowing & Watersports Club
Dunure Harbour
Croy shore follows next then on to Dunure Harbour, passing Dunure Castle, the ancestral home of the Kennedy family. The Dunure Coastal Rowing and Watersports Club has just finished the build of Port Rorie which has yet to be officially launched. The skiff is named after a rock outcrop at Dunure near the harbour. A few planned dates had to be postponed because of poor weather but the plan was for Dunure to row with Carrick from Maidens to Dunure. They have a number of keen rowers ready to get on the water as soon as conditions allow – and Port Rorie rows very well indeed!


The Troon and Carrick clubs giving rowing demonstrations at the Harbour Festival in Dunure in 2019
Passing WW2 lookout post, south of Dunure
Looking across to Bute



Rowing up towards Ayr, we pass the Heads of Ayr and Greenan Castle. Avoiding Ayr harbour, a busy working commercial harbour, Prestwick Sailing Club is only a short row on from Ayr, and the home of Prestwick CRC. This would make a far nicer place to end the row for the day; I’m very sure they will give us a very warm welcome.

Prestwick Beach
Launching from Prestwick Beach