(l-r) Councillors Alec Oattes, John McDowall and Alec Clark celebrate the opening of Girvan Harbour Facilities.
Dedicated modern rest facilities for harbour fishermen and pontoon users, a new harbour master's office and public toilets, all created with an investment of £465,000, have been officially opened at Girvan Harbour.
Known as the Girvan Harbour Facilities, this latest development enhances the pontoons that were installed in 2013, which have already brought a welcome boost for the town as a sailing destination.
Since the pontoons were completed in 2013, they have been attracting around 500 vessels per year and there has been an increase in new visitors to the marina.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "With the completion of this work, Girvan Harbour is fit for the 21st century.
"In 2013 we completed the development of the marina pontoon and now with dedicated rest facilities for visiting yachts, it's easier than ever to visit Girvan and South Carrick. Very importantly, fishermen − for the first time ever − have dedicated facilities at the harbour, the harbour master has a new office and there are modern public toilets for both local people and visitors to the area.
"Between these new facilities and the new pontoons, over £1 million has been invested in Girvan Harbour. This shows our commitment to Girvan as a working harbour and promoting the town as a must sail to place, making the harbour much more pleasing for the people of Girvan and South Carrick and anyone visiting the area.
"Girvan and the surrounding Carrick area have so much to offer with magnificent scenery, wonderful walking, great water sports, a variety of places to eat, caring communities and a warm hearted welcome for visitors. And with our great new facilities now open, I hope to see many more people coming to experience this for themselves."
Speaking about the new facilities Tom McCrindle, Commodore of Carrick Sailing Club and harbour pontoon berth holder said: "Nowhere in the Clyde can compete with the new facilities newly opened at Girvan Harbour. Once the sailing community gets to know about them I am sure Girvan Harbour will be a priority destination."
John Murdoch, ship chandler and retired fisherman said: "The new facilities have been a long time coming and are very welcomed by local fishermen and will be appreciated by fishermen calling in."
The project was led by South Ayrshire Council and was part funded with an award of £131,699 from the Argyll & Bute South Ayrshire Fisheries Local Action Group, financed by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund 2007-2013 Programme.
The new facility will be operated by Ayrshire Roads Alliance and South Ayrshire Council.
Councillor McDowall concluded: "These terrific facilities really do help make Girvan a go to place all year round for sailors, fishermen, local people and tourists."