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Girvan is situated about 21 miles south of Ayr with a long Sandy Beach, Boating Pond, many Cafe's, Restaurants, Bar Diners, Hiking Trails, Sea Fishing, and Boat Trips to the Island of Ailsa Craig.

Girvan History at the bottom of this page. Girvan Shops Click On Map.

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This image is a view towards Girvan Cross at Stumpy Tower. The road to the right at the Tower leads north to Ayr, the road to the left to the main shopping area, Ballantrae and Stranraer.Large Image

Girvan Cross / Stumpy Tower image

The road straight ahead leads to the Harbour and Beach.

The Harbour at Girvan is now mainly used for Pleasure Vessels and repairs to Fishing Boats.Large Image

Girvan Harbour image

There is a Boat for Sea Fishing and Trips to the Island of Ailsa Craig.

This image shows the Beach with views over the Firth of Clyde and Island of Ailsa Craig. Girvan’s long sandy Beach is one of the best in Ayrshire. Large Image

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See Tour of Ailsa Craig for information and photos of the Island.

This view is of the Play Area and Boating Pond at the Beach.

There is a vast Grassland area here and a walk for about 1 mile south to another secluded Beach at the south side of the Town. Large Image

Girvan Boating Pond image

The Pier at Girvan is a good spot for a relaxing days Fishing. Shops for Ice Cream and Fish Teas are never far away in Girvan.

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Girvan Golf Club is a popular Links & Parks Course with the first eight holes being right next to the sea with fantastic views of the small Island of Ailsa Craig. Golf Courses do not get closer to the sea than the first 8 at Girvan.
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Girvan Golf Club 6th tee image

The last ten holes are more inland of a parks course nature. Situated about 1 mile north of Girvan town centre. Price guide £13 - £25 round.


The 703ft Byne Hill is on the south side of Girvan. The 974ft Grey Hill is just to the south, on the same range. There is a fairly good trail between the two.
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Byne Hill gives great views over Girvan, and there is an Old Monument on the south side in memory of a Major Craufuird who served in India.

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This view is of the Car Park at Bennane Head two miles north of Ballantrae, 10 miles south of Girvan. This is the area where the tale of Sawney Bean the Cannibal evolved. About 150 feet below the Car Park is the Cave.

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The coastal road A77, between Girvan and Ballantrae, gives some fantastic views.
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Culzean Castle & Country Park is about 6 miles north of Girvan. This is one of the top Castles in Scotland to visit, only Edinburgh and Stirling castles are rated higher.

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Culzean gives an impression of how wealthy some Families were a few Centuries back, as along with the Castle, the vast Grounds and Gardens are impressive.

The coastal road A719, between Girvan and Ayr, passing Turnberry, Maidens and Dunure, is one of the most scenic in Scotland.
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Girvan History

Girvan is thought to have evolved from a tiny Fishing Village, with a number of Small Boats specializing in catching Herring where the River Girvan enters the sea.

Due to high Taxes imposed on Imported Goods in the 1700s & 1800s, Fishing Boats at Girvan were used for Smuggling, transferring Goods from larger Ships onto the Mainland without paying Taxes.

By the 1800s, Girvan Harbour was used to export Grain, Coal and Lime, with the Town growing more after companies from Glasgow opened Factories for the Weaving of Cotton-Cloth.

The Rail Line from Glasgow reached Girvan in 1860, leading to the Town being promoted as a Beach Resort. The Town has remained a peaceful Beach Resort with a number of Holiday Parks close by, a Fine Beach, Amusements, Kids Play, Boating Lake, Cafe's, Restaurants, Bar/Diners, and Golf Course.

Sea Angling out of Girvan on Boats was also a popular Attraction, especially during the Glasgow Fair Holidays in late July, a time when Mackerel could be caught 5 at a time, and Cod over 20 pounds were common.

1900s early - Girvan Fish Market was busy with a large number of Fishing Boats up to 70 feet long based at Girvan, a great place to view the different Fish caught in the Waters around Girvan.

1940s - Alginate Industries Limited opened a factory 3 miles north of Girvan on the Coast, used to process Seaweed for use in Food such as Ice Cream to make it smoother, and put a head on Beer.

1940s - the Grangeston Munitions Factory was built during World War Two, about 2 miles north of Girvan, making Non Flash Propellant for Gun and Rifle Cartridges.

1963 - William Grant & Sons purchased the former Munitions Factory at Grangeston to built a Grain Distillery, now one of the largest Distilleries in Scotland, if not the largest. Cameronbridge in Fife, better known as Haig, is normally regarded as the largest Grain Distillery in Scotland and Europe.

Single Malt Distilleries produce less, as that process takes longer, malting the barley by watering it and drying it a few times, hence more expensive.

Grants Parent Company is Glenfiddich in Speyside, that specializes in the more expensive Single Malt.

Grants Family Reserve, formerly Grants Standfast, is an inexpensive Blended Whisky, with vast sales around the World. The Grain Whisky from Girvan is Blended with more expensive Single Malt to make the Family Reserve, how much, and what Single Malt is a Trade Secrete. Master Blenders spend decades working out the top Blends for different Markets and Price.

Grants now also produce Vodka and Gin, along with Blended Whisky up to 25 years old, at about £120 per bottle.

1960s - Grangeston Industrial Estate grew next to the Distillery with Companies over the years manufacturing Cloth, Clothing, Dental Floss, Surgical Clothing, and Wood Pellets for Heating.

1979 - Nestle opened a Chocolate Factory at Grangeston Industrial Estate, combining Ayrshire Milk, Sugar, and ground Cocoa Beans to make Chocolate Crumb, that is then transported to York where it is made into Chocolate Bars and Biscuits such as: KitKat, Aero, Rolo, Quality Street, and Yorkie.

1996 - a Large Modern Fish Market was built at Troon, 30 miles north, leading to the closure of the Girvan Fish Market.

Girvan Harbour holds a number of Pleasure Vessels, Boat Yard, small Fishing Fleet, Lifeboat, and Boat Link to the Isle of Ailsa Craig, about 10 miles west.

Ailsa Craig is popular for Boat Trips around to view Birds and Seals, longer Trips to visit the Lighthouse and Castle, and longer Trips to Hike to the top.

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