The visitor guide on Girvan in Ayrshire here will give you information about the place, including Culzean Castle, accommodation and hotels in Girvan and tour. tips.

Originally a fishing village, Girvan is now a holiday resort in Ayrshire with a small population of about 8000.Culzean Castle is nearby and is the major sightseeing attraction. Girvan forms an ideal base for exploring the coast and the inland and visiting the many attractions in the area or to indulge in an interesting spell of fishing or bird watching. Girvan has an attractive beach that offers great view across to Ailsa Craig. Set out on a leisurely stroll around the old fishing village of Maidens or stop by at Turnberry to catch up with a game of golf on the championship course.

On the A77 stands the Tourist Information Centre where you can pick up leaflets and books to further enhance your visit or to get your accommodation booked. For a great view of Girvan and the hills behind, walk down to the north side of the harbour along the pier past the shipbuilding units.

Local Sights & Activities for Girvan

Sightseeing

Culzean Castle is nearby and is the major sightseeing attraction. Girvan forms an ideal base for exploring the coast and the inland and visiting the many attractions in the area or to indulge in an interesting spell of fishing or bird watching. Girvan has an attractive beach that offers great view across to Ailsa Craig. Set out on a leisurely stroll around the old fishing village of Maidens or stop by at Turnberry to catch up with a game of golf on the championship course.

Once a year Girvan hosts the annual Girvan Folk music Festival (2009 was the 35th) which is held on the first weekend of May. On the Sunday night on the shorefront watch the Girvan Burning Man 2009 created by local artists.

Try the bar at Southfields Hotel for a drink

Bargany Gardens is a nice day out especially for the horticulturalists among you (Tel: +44(0)1465 871249)

Rainy Day? You can visit McKechnie Institute. The McKenzie Institute opened in 1889. The collection is mainly memorabilia relating to the Girvan and Carrick area. (Dalrymple Street, Girvan, Ayrshire, KA26 9AE)

Castles Nearby

Bardrochat

Bardrochat is a substantial country house standing high on a hill overlooking 
the Ayrshire village of Colmonell, not far from Ballantrae. The house 
commands impressive views of rolling hills, wooded copses and the sudden 
inclines of ancient settlements, giving way to the open sea around the stubborn symmetry of Ailsa Craig.

Girvan Events

Turnberry Beach Rugby Tournament

Watch the thrill and spill of a keenly fought beach rugby match in whcih  18 teams compete for glory on the sand followed by an evening of local cuisine and live music with local band Escapade and an after party.

Carrick Lowland Games

Traditional gathering in June each year on Ayrshire coast

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival

 A weekend community folk festival run by Girvan Folk Club featuring a range of open sessions, concerts, workshops and children's events.

Girvan Traditional Folk Festival will be held on May 2-4 in Girvan.

 

Carrick Lowland Gathering

Carrick Lowland Gathering will have all the usual attractions like Pipeband Competition, Highland Dancers, Highland Games, Mini Games, Saugh Hill Race, Charity and Local Stalls, Trade Stalls

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