Girvan harbour area and the hills of Carrick
View of the coast at Girvan, looking towards Byne Hill, Cairn Hill and Grey Hill
Dow Hill, Girvan
Girvan
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In my 'Blue Guide to Scotland', Girvan is described as 'a dull but neat town'. Oh but how I love that old Blue Guide. Straight and to the point. Perhaps Girvan was just having an off-day. Back in the late 1920/30s there was a bit of a depression going on, so maybe being dull was par for the course. Or perhaps the man doing the visiting for the Blue Guide was having an off-day. Such is life. Is Girvan dull today? It depends what mood you're in and what you expect when you get there. The town's long main street - Dalrymple Street - feels a little dull and uncared for, but today's visitor will perk up somewhat when he finds ten-ton lorries trying to mow him down. For there is big traffic going through Girvan - big, noisy and scary traffic, much of which is probably coming from or going to the port at Stranraer. But the truth of the matter is that Girvan is actually very nice. It's main problem, from what I can see, is that it sits way down there, and needs a small degree of effort to reach, especially where public transport is concerned. The town sits on the coast, and that one fact alone ensures a good flow of visitors in summer, all queuing to lick ice-cream and watch the sea. Girvan also has hills, hills that have the rolling feel of the Scottish Borders about them. They roll almost right up to the sea where they stop for a drink then bathe in mist. And the hills at Girvan are not too high. The visitor may climb to the top and survey the land and sea. Views are astonishing. And way out in the Firth of Clyde sits the rock of Ailsa Craig, the hill that forgot to stop.
GIRVAN HARBOUR AREA
COASTAL VIEW AT GIRVAN
DOW HILL, GIRVAN
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How to
GET THERE
You can get a train to Girvan from Glasgow Central railway station. Check the train times back, as the service is not too frequent.
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