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Things to do: golf, museums
Girvan is a burgh in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland, with a population of about 6,700. It lies south of Ayr, and north of Stranraer, the main ferry port from Scotland to Northern Ireland.HistoryGirvan was originally a fishing port. In 1668 it became a municipal burgh incorporated by charter.The opening of the railways, initially with the Maybole and Girvan Railway at the end of the 1850s encouraged the development of Girvan as a seaside resort with beaches and cliffs. The town is now served by Girvan railway station. Just north of the town is a William Grant & Sons distillery which opened in 1963. There is a Nestlé factory that manufactures chocolate that is shipped down to York and used in Kit-Kat and Yorkie bars.Local facilities and festivalsThe McKechnie Institute was endowed by a local businessman and opened in 1889.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.
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