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…


Activity Tours and Experiences

Axe throwing

Adventure Carrick is open all year round and offers a variety of adventure activities to individuals, families and groups who...

a row of peddle quad bikes

Biosphere Bikes is a Not For Profit Social Enterprise working with local groups to bring accessible and inclusive cycling activities...

person looking through binoculars

Based on the West Coast, amongst the forest, lochs & rivers, this is a landscape abundant in some of Scotland’s...

Beaches and Coastal Areas

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...

Coasteering at Ballantrae Beach

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. The...

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

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

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

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...

a row of peddle quad bikes

Biosphere Bikes is a Not For Profit Social Enterprise working with local groups to bring accessible and inclusive cycling activities...

Eat

food at Glenapp Hotel

The dining at Glenapp is an exceptional experience, whether it be fine dining in our award-winning restaurant or in our...

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

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

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...

Colmonell_Cottages_2

We have three delightful holiday cottages to let in the pretty village of Colmonell in South Ayrshire. Colmonell is situated...

Beautifully Presented bedroom at the Harbour View House

Harbour View House is a fantastic three bedroom property suitable for four adults and two children. With fantastic views over...

Shopping

Here at Girvan-a-Damn we’re putting heart in our high street, trying hard for our town, and considering our customers.With a...

Sport and Adventure

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...

Axe throwing

Adventure Carrick is open all year round and offers a variety of adventure activities to individuals, families and groups who...

a row of peddle quad bikes

Biosphere Bikes is a Not For Profit Social Enterprise working with local groups to bring accessible and inclusive cycling activities...

Coasteering at Ballantrae Beach

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. The...

Swimming pools

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...

Tours and Trails

a row of peddle quad bikes

Biosphere Bikes is a Not For Profit Social Enterprise working with local groups to bring accessible and inclusive cycling activities...

Visitor Attractions

Waverley at Ayr Harbour

WELCOME ABOARD WAVERLEYStep aboard the famous Waverley – The last seagoing paddle steamer in the World – and experience the...

Go Girvan logo

Go Girvan is a tourist information resource for visitors to our town. We’re part of the UNESCO Biosphere, situated on...

Walking

Walking along the paths, over the hillsides, and through the villages is the best way to experience the real Ayrshire.

Coasteering at Ballantrae Beach

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. The...

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...

What's On

Go Girvan logo

Go Girvan is a tourist information resource for visitors to our town. We’re part of the UNESCO Biosphere, situated on...