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The town has a population of about 8,000. Originally a fishing port, Girvan is now also a seaside resort with beaches and cliffs. It is found 22 miles south of Ayr, and 29 miles north of Stranraer, the principal ferry port to Ulster.
- Church of Scotland:
- Girvan North Parish Church (with a spire over 100 feet tall)
- Girvan South Parish Church
- Roman Catholic: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
The town has several fish and chip shops and pubs. Just north of the town is a William Grant & Sons distillery, also there is a Nestlé factory that manufactures chocolate that is shipped down to York and used in Kit-Kat and Yorkie bars.
The Girvan Folk Music Festival takes place on the first weekend of May each year. Girvan also has a folk music club.
The Lowland Gathering takes place on the first Sunday of June each year in the Victory Park in the centre of the town.
The annual Festival of Light takes place on the first Saturday in November. Its roots lie in the traditional bonfire night celebrations and the Celtic fire festival it replaced.
Nearby places of interest
The coastline south of Girvan is famous for its geology, and also for Sawney Bean's Cave, where the legendary murderer and cannibal Sawney Bean supposedly lived until his arrest and execution in Edinburgh.
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.
- Girvan Online
- About Girvan
- Salmon Fishing on the River Girvan
- Girvan Folk Club
- National Library of Scotland: Screen Archive (archive films relating to Girvan)
- "Local legends fire up for Girvan's Festival of light". s1girvan.com. http://www.s1girvan.com/news/local-legends-fire-up-for-girvans-festival-of-light.html. Retrieved 2011-05-01.