View of the harbour at Girvan with boats in the water.

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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Explore what Girvan has to offer…


Beaches and Coastal Areas

With one of the most memorable stretches of coastline in the UK (all 45 miles) it should come as no surprise that we’re blessed with some of the country’s best beaches.

A group coasteering off the bay at Ballantrae

Ballantrae is beautiful place to visit, with a charming mixture of tranquillity and ruggedness. To the north is the harbour,...

Stunning view of Girvan Promenade

Girvan has a beautiful, wide sandy beach with a promenade right along its length, and a large expanse of grass...

Camping and Caravaning

Glamping pod and picnic bench.

We are a holiday park based 10 miles from Girvan. We have the largest glamping site with hot tubs in...

Castles and Towers

South Ayrshire is home to magnificent castles and historic buildings which attract visitors from far and wide. Not only is Ayrshire famous for Robert Burns, we also boast connections with some of Scotland’s most influential historical figures such as Robert the Bruce.

Historic Stumpy clock tower with its peaked roof

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...

Culture and Heritage

South Ayrshire has plenty to attract visitors to come and explore the region and its rich culture and heritage.

Exterior of the McKechnie Institute. A large building of red sandstone with lots of windows.

Girvan’s cultural hub, featuring a permanent display of artefacts highlighting the town’s heritage, the McKechnie Institute also hosts a regular...

Cycling

Why not explore Ayrshire’s great outdoors on two wheels. With stunning scenery, coastal towns, rolling countryside and a rich heritage to discover on route, Ayrshire offers exciting opportunities for cyclists.

Man on a mountain bike cycling down hill on a wooded path

Cycle the hills, valleys and trails of Ayrshire and the Galloway Forest Park in the quiet, unspoilt countryside of South...

Glamping

Glamping pod and picnic bench.

We are a holiday park based 10 miles from Girvan. We have the largest glamping site with hot tubs in...

Golf

South Ayrshire has some of the finest golf courses in the world, including two of the Open Championship courses in Royal Troon and Turnberry.

Girvan golf course with stunning views of the coastline.

Girvan is a popular links and parkland course which has remained largely unchanged since James Braid took advantage of the...

Hotels

The magnificent and grand exterior of Glenapp Castle.

Glenapp Castle is a 21-bedroom, Relais & Chateaux hotel on the Ayrshire coast and set in the heart of 110...

Museums and Galleries

Explore our museums and galleries.

Exterior of the McKechnie Institute. A large building of red sandstone with lots of windows.

Girvan’s cultural hub, featuring a permanent display of artefacts highlighting the town’s heritage, the McKechnie Institute also hosts a regular...

Self-Catering

Glamping pod and picnic bench.

We are a holiday park based 10 miles from Girvan. We have the largest glamping site with hot tubs in...

Sport and Adventure

With fantastic beaches, wonderful parks, and gardens to explore as well as a variety of sports for all ages and abilities, we’ve got something for everyone.

Man on a mountain bike cycling down hill on a wooded path

Cycle the hills, valleys and trails of Ayrshire and the Galloway Forest Park in the quiet, unspoilt countryside of South...

Swimming pools

Choose from one of our many swimming pools – Ayr Citadel, Girvan Quay Zone, Prestwick, Troon or Maybole.

Fit swimmer training in the swimming pool.

Make waves in our fantastic, modern pool which is light and airy with a full glass fronted end allowing great...

Weddings

The magnificent and grand exterior of Glenapp Castle.

Glenapp Castle is a 21-bedroom, Relais & Chateaux hotel on the Ayrshire coast and set in the heart of 110...