Girvan, the home of Ailsa Craig… and the subject of the recent BBC Scotland documentary, My Kind of Town, which aired for the first time on 5th January. Ian Hamilton and his dog, Major, had visited Ardrossan and Cumnock in earlier episodes, as well as places further afield. If you missed it, don’t worry, it’s still available to view on BBC iPlayer.
Ian explored Girvan’s past, present and future as he returned to the town he often visited as a child, proving there is something for everyone at the South Ayrshire seaside resort.
Girvan resident, Yvonne Jack, also visits the past in this issue of Ayrshire Magazine whilst Rhona Anderson examines the present and the future.
You can’t talk of Girvan’s past without mentioning Alexander Noble and Sons. The boat yard is like the beating heart of the town, a constant, reassuring presence, proud of its history and that synonymous yellow thistle.
There is much to be excited about for both residents and visitors alike. Girvan Library, for example, offers so much more than just books! And talking of books, local author Alan Jones is never far from an inspiring view in his home town of Girvan.
Certain members of The Barrstools also hail from Girvan and you might just stumble upon an impromptu jamming session in one of the town’s many hostelries. Be warned, your foot will tap of its own accord!
Failing that, head to the beach (Girvan was named the best place in Scotland for a day at the beach in 2020), cycle along the promenade, or simply watch the sun slowly setting behind Ailsa Craig. You’d be hard pressed to find a more stunning view.