The traditional holiday resort of Girvan dates back to 1668 when it became a municipal
burgh incorporated by Charter.
Girvan's harbour is a centre of attraction for visitors and offers convenient mooring
facilities for visiting yachts. From here you can set off for a day's sea angling
or a pleasure trip around Ailsa Craig, the plug of an extinct volcano and now a
Stumpy Tower in Girvan was built in 1789, and was used as a tollbooth in Reform
riots in 1832. Another imposing building, the McKechnie Institute, was built in Scots Baronial style in
1888, and is now used as a local art and all year round exhibition centre.
Girvan is proud of its reputation for floral attractions and colourful displays
which are situated in many parts of the town and include the Rose Gardens, Knockcushan
Gardens and Orchard Gardens. The town is also a good base for exploring on foot
or by bike the Carrick Forest and the many picturesque villages of the surrounding
Carrick area. There are no fewer than 20 different castles in the local area, from
the National Trust for Scotland's Jewel in the Crown – Culzean Castle and Country
Park to the dramatic ruins of Dunure Castle.
Girvan's links golf course shares the same stunning views towards Ailsa Craig as
its illustrious neighbour, Turnberry. The newly refurbished Turnberry Golf and Spa
Resort is located 6 miles north where The Open 2009 was played over the championship
Ailsa Course. Play on some of the best golf courses in Scotland.
Discover more about Girvan and its surroundings, visit our local events. To find more
about doing business in Girvan visit our Business section. To come and work for South Ayrshire Council,
view the Council