Ailsa Craig

Girvan is the gateway to the world-famous Ailsa Craig! The history of this volcanic rock which is also a bird sanctuary stretches back centuries, and includes acting as a refuge for persecuted Roman Catholics during the Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries, being a smugglers’ paradise with the perfect hiding spots for contraband, and […]

The McKechnie Institute

The McKechnie Institute opened in 1889 thanks to the bequest of local businessman Thomas McKechnie. Its architectural style is Scottish Baronial with some Renaissance detailing. The McKechnie Institute remains a popular community venue to this day, showing exhibitions of items from the McKechnie and wider South Ayrshire collections, plus a variety of local themed and […]

Dalquharran Castle

Dalquharran Castle is a category A listed building in South Ayrshire, Scotland, designed by Robert Adam and completed around 1790, but the castle has been in ruins since the 1960s. Situated in beautiful woodland countryside, it is a gentle walk up to Dalquharran Castle, and you can visit the Old Dalquaharran castle ruins which lie within the same grounds.

Culzean Castle

Designed by Robert Adam, Culzean Castle is a magnificent cliff-top castle with plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Only 10 miles from Girvan, the castle and its grounds are well worth a visit, and you may even catch a glimpse of the old smugglers’ caves on the beach below the cliffs. If smuggling isn’t […]

Girvan Community Garden

Girvan Community Garden was set up in 2011 and is mostly run by a task force of volunteers. The Gardens host a number of events throughout the year including live music, green gym, fayres and markets.