Learn about the fascinating history, diverse culture and stunning natural environment of this coastal idyll.


Located between rolling hills and stunning beaches, Girvan has something for everyone.

Girvan is a harbour town in Carrick, South Ayrshire. Sitting on the west coast of Scotland about 21 miles south of Ayr and 29 miles north of Stranraer, Girvan is bordered to the east by the Galloway hills and to the west by long stretches of beach which reach out the Firth of Clyde. We are proud to be part of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, recognising our world class environment for people and nature.

The town dates from 1668 when it became a municipal burgh incorporated by charter, but the harbour predates that time and is an important part of Girvan’s identity. The fishing industry has played a large role in the economy of the town, as has weaving and industry which became the mainstays of employment when the fishing trade dwindled.

In fact, the town motto is Weave Industry with Truth, a nod to the importance that weaving and industry had on the stability of Girvan, and you can still see the motto on the town crest. 

Just up the road from Girvan is Turnberry, the birthplace of King Robert the Bruce who also had a special connection with Girvan. You can see, for example, a stone marking the spot where Robert

the Bruce held court at Knockcushan Gardens in Girvan. More of Girvan’s history can be explored in the McKechnie Museum on Dalrymple Street.

If outdoor activities are more your thing, then don’t worry because Girvan has much to offer. There are many hillwalking opportunities, or you can follow the coastal paths north between Girvan and Ayr, or south to Ballantrae where you can learn about the gruesome legend of Sawney Bean. 

Our award-winning beaches offer stunning views of Ailsa Craig and the chance to relax with an ice-cream on the sandy shores, or you can take to the sea on a paddleboard or rowing boat and explore our marine life. There are all-terrain wheelchairs available from Biosphere Bikes, so the beach is accessible for all.

Whatever your preference, there is something for everyone in Girvan. Our community looks forward to welcoming you on your visit here where we hope you decide to linger longer and see what we have to offer. 

With thanks to Epic Sky Media (Rodger Hunter and Craig Bradshaw), Roddy Leitch, and Girvan Camera Club (Bill Arnott, Patrick McCloskey, Robert Grant, Robert Wright, Rory McAdam and Stewart McLaren) for the beautiful images which we have used with their permission throughout this website. All images are copyright protected.


Visit us by road, rail or sea! Girvan is approximately 21 miles south of Ayr and 29 miles north of Stranraer. You can get to Girvan by car or bus via the A77 road. We are also served by a railway station and harbour.


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