Girvan Festival is a great opportunity to stay a bit longer in the area, either before the festival or after it. We will help where we can to signpost you to other things and places that you might want to explore. We hope that our Online Festival will encourage you to visit the area later in the years once Covid related travel restrictions are eased.
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 boat trips are organised locally. These trips are weather dependant, but normally allow for people to spend some time on the island.
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.
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.