Girvan Festival is a great opportunity to stay a bit longer in the area, either before the festival or after it. We are planning a few specific linked events or happenings – and we can help signpost you to other things and places that you might want to explore.
Visit to Ailsa Craig.
You can’t visit Girvan, or travel anywhere along the Ayrshire coast, without seeing the imposing granite island of Ailsa Craig – also known as Paddy’s Milestone, because of its prominent position in the Firth of Clyde midway between Ireland and Glasgow. Alisa Craig is a sanctuary for bird life and it is also the source of granite for all the curling stones in the world. Girvan is the closest point to Ailsa Craig and the festival is arranging some special charters for people who might want to visit. Our plan at the moment is to organise a trip during the day on the Friday of the festival weekend and another on the Monday after the weekend. These trips will be weather dependant, but normally allow for people to spend some time on the island. Contact us if you are interested.
The National Trust for Scotland’s ‘jewel in the crown’ is the majestic Culzean Castle and Country Park, which is on the coast just a few miles north of Girvan. Regular guided tours are available, or you can explore at your own leisure, but if enough people are intending to arrive early or stay on longer to explore the area then we can organise a special guided tour.
Over the years, some people were in the habit of stopping off for a refreshment and a wee session on their way home from the Girvan weekend. They never usually got very far on their journey, a popular stopping off point was the Tam O’ Shanter in Kirkoswald, which is a few miles along the coast. For our 2019 Festival, we intend to facilitate a gathering on the Monday morning for brunch / lunch. Venue to be confirmed.