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The Girvan shipyard.
Girvan (Scottish Gaelic:Inbhir Gharbhain) is a burgh in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotlandmarker, with a population of about 8000 people. Originally a fishing port, it is now also a seaside resort with beaches and cliffs. It lies 20 miles south of Ayrmarker, and 30 miles north of Stranraermarker, one of the principal ferry ports from Scotland to Northern Irelandmarker.

Boats also sail from the harbour to Ailsa Craigmarker, an island in the Firth of Clydemarker. In the summer it is possible to sail around Ailsa Craig on the paddle steamer Waverley.

Girvan railway stationmarker is on the Glasgow South Western Line.

Places of interest

left|thumb|200px|The RNLI Lifeboat and fishing fleetCulzean Castlemarker lies a few miles north of the town. Turnberry golf course and hotel is located 5 miles north of Girvan. The coast line south of Girvan is famous for its geology, and also for Sawney Bean's Cave. The legendary murderer and cannibal Sawney Bean was a supposed resident of a nearby seaside cave until his eventual discovery and execution in Edinburghmarker.

Girvan has two Church of Scotlandmarker congregations - Girvan North Parish Church in Montgomerie Street (with a spire over 100 feet tall) [48283] and Girvan South Parish Church. [48284]

The town has several popular fish and chip shops and pubs. The Royal Hotel is notable for serving real ale.

To the south of Girvan there are marked walks. [48285]

Once a year Girvan hosts its annual Girvan Folk music Festival (2007 was the 33rd) which is held on the first weekend of May. Past artists have included Altan, Dervish, Ian Bruce and Malinky. On the Sunday night on the shorefront watch the Girvan Burning Man 2009 created by local artists [48286]
The HM Coastgurad station.
Girvan also has a folk music club which meets every Friday night in the back of the Queen's Hotel, Montgomerie Street. [48287] Once a month they also have a guest artist night. Past guests have included Emily Smith, Back of the Moon, the Sangsters, Ian Bruce, Adam McNaughton and Bruce Molsky.

A Grant's distillery is also just north of the town.

Festival of Light CRAG and Girvan Attractions work in partnership to produce the annual Festival of Light community arts project transforming the town on the first Saturday in November each year with a lantern procession, shore performance and fireworks display. [48288]

Education and community

Girvan harbour
Girvan has its own secondary school, Girvan Academy. The town's harbour can be seen from the webcam which is part of the Girvan Online community website.

The town had a swimming pool, but on 14 January 2009 South Ayrshire Council voted to close it, ostensibly on the grounds that the pool had reached the end of its operational life. There was no consultation or warning of any kind.

The Hairy Tree

Historically, Girvan was significant as the home of the Hairy Tree. According to legend, the Hairy Tree was planted by Sawney Bean's eldest daughter in the town's Dalrymple Street. However, when her family was arrested, the daughter was implicated in their incestuous and cannibalistic activities and was hanged by locals from the bough of the tree she herself planted. According to local legend, one can hear the sound of a swinging corpse while standing beneath its boughs. The Hairy Tree's whereabouts are currently unknown, but two high profile campaigns have been launched to relocate it. The Girvan Online website is running a campaign which was started by local investigative journalist and horoscope writer Andrew Penguin. More recently, former Scotland International footballer Alan Brazil launched his own independent campaign to the same purpose.

Stumpy Tower

Stumpy Tower is Girvan's former Jail.

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