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View of busy harbour full of fishing boats.


The seaside town of Girvan is a great destination for a relaxed holiday, or just for a day out in the sunshine. The traditional fishing harbour and wide, sandy beach have made it a place where families have enjoyed themselves for generations.  

Girvan harbour looks out to nearby Ailsa Craig, and you can catch regular boat trips out past the lighthouse to fish, or to explore the granite ‘Fairy Isle’, which is home to 40,000 gannets and is still used to make the best curling stones in the world.  

Inland, there are many popular trails for keen walkers in the hills and Carrick Forest, and no fewer than 20 different castles to explore. There are many links to Robert the Bruce and you’ll find traces of him everywhere. 

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Harbour View House

Harbour View House is a fantastic three bedroom property suitable for four adults and two children. With fantastic views over the harbour and a private garden with Hot Tub. Recently renovated to a high standard with fully fitted kitchen, shower room and...

See and Do

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Go Girvan

Go Girvan is a tourist information resource for visitors to our town. We’re part of the UNESCO Biosphere, situated on the stunning west coast of Scotland. Visit our website to plan your trip! Explore, Experience and Escape to Girvan.
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Ayrshire Cycling Experiences

Cycle the hills, valleys and trails of Ayrshire and the Galloway Forest Park in the quiet, unspoilt countryside of South West Scotland. Ayrshire Cycling Experiences offer organised, guided rides exploring the history, stunning scenery and, if required, ...
The Mckechnie Institute

The Mckechnie Institute

Girvan’s cultural hub, featuring a permanent display of artefacts highlighting the town’s heritage, the McKechnie Institute also hosts a regular programme of changing exhibitions, events and activities. Visit the McKechnie, to see Girvan through time: ...
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Stumpy Tower

Girvan’s Stumpy Tower, known as ‘Auld Stumpy’, is what remains of Girvan’s courthouse and jail. It was built in 1825-27, and is now the town’s most prominent landmark.  You’ll find it on central Knockcushan Street, the s...
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The Quay Zone

Make waves in our fantastic, modern pool which is light and airy with a full glass fronted end allowing great views out towards Girvan beach and Ailsa Craig. Completely user friendly with access to poolpod developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Pa...
Girvan beach

Girvan Beach

Girvan has a beautiful, wide sandy beach with a promenade right along its length, and a large expanse of grass beside it. Starting at the lively harbour, you can enjoy an interesting mix of boats, for fishing and pleasure, and if you’re lucky you’ll spo...


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Friday 23 September
Family friendly event
Telling Your Family's Story at Girvan Library with Iain Wilson
Iain Wilson will talk about the two volumes of family history that hehas written, and will discuss some common themes in researchingScottish family history, including social conditions, employment, evendealing with family myths. To book your FREE pla...

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