South Ayrshire | Town | ★★

[Girvan from Byne Hill]

Girvan is in many ways a typical Firth of Clyde seaside resort, with a long beach and picturesque harbour. From the summit of Byne Hill its unusual cross-shaped street layout can be seen. Ailsa Craig and Arran loom large out to sea, and most boat trips to the former depart from here. You might imagine that the town's isolated southerly location (and the appeal of foreign beach resorts) must limit its appeal today... but not if the number of thriving, old-fashioned cafes and coffee shops is anything to go by. This is probably the sort of timeless place where you could buy a hot meal for a few quid and still have change left over for the excellent sweet shop. In fact, it definitely is (well, at least on our last visit).

[Girvan harbour (18/6/17)]

Location & info

📌 Girvan ★★
South Ayrshire, G.R.: NX 185977 ///curry.squirted.deadline

🚶 The town centre is compact; use the coast path to reach the start of our Byne Hill walk route.
🚌 Infrequent trains run on the Ayr to Stranraer line, and there are bus routes from towns including Ayr, Stranraer and Newton Stewart.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 McKechnie Institute ★★
💬 Small, central museum and gallery with displays about Ailsa Craig and the local area.
Dalrymple Street, town centre, G.R.: NX 185979 ///plays.dries.spices
Open Tuesday to Saturday, generally afternoons | Free

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Walk: Byne Hill panorama ★★★ (1 mi ↓)

[Byne Hill, just south of Girvan]

[The central "Auld Stumpy" originally served as the town's jail]

[Ailsa Craig seen from the beach]


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