the local site that's not just for locals!
Illustrator of Rupert the Bear
1973 saw the last Rupert the Bear cover illustration drawn by Alfred Bestall. The work was passed on the Alex Cubie, whose illustrations can be seen from 1974 until it was handed on to John Harrold in 1978. The stories were written by Freddie Chaplain.
Ayr Advertiser Thursday 14th July 1831
ORANGE PROCESSION AT GIRVAN - SERIOUS AFFRAY. A CONSTABLE SHOT
Read the full accounts of this affair as published in the local press.
Ex - Rangers Goalkeeper
Peter McCloy was Rangers longest serving goalkeeper. At 6'4" his towering presence and his birthplace on the Ayrshire coast gave him the nickname 'The Girvan Lighthouse.'
Peter McCloy began his Rangers career in 1970 and went on to play a total of 535 games winning one League Championship Medal, four medals in the Scottish Cup and the League Cup and the icing on the cake, his European Cup Winners Cup Medal.
The most famous son of Ayrshire is the poet Robert Burns - born in Alloway, his words still touch the heart and mind and he is toasted annually at Burns Suppers worldwide.
The inspiration for Ayrshire's annual Burns an' a' that Festival that is held every year and celebrates contemporary Scottish music and culture. Burns' appeal has never been as strong as it is today, he is commemorated throughout Ayrshire through a wealth of heritage sites and monuments including the Burns National Heritage park where you can visit the cottage of his birth and relive the comical yet terrifying tale of Tam O'Shanter.
Others include The Batchelors Club in Tarbolton and the Burns House Museum in Mauchline. Also just a few miles from Girvan is Souter Johnnie's cottage in the village of Kirkoswald.
It is unknown whether Alexander "Sawney" Bean (Sawney being Lowland Scots for Sandy) was a real person, or just a creation of Scottish folklore.
William Muir is a well known Scottish artist and a member of the Glasgow School. South Ayrshire Council hold several of his paintings and some are on display in the Davidson Hospital. Follow the link on the left to the Future Museum (a part of the Arts & Museum Service of East Ayrshire Council) to see many of his paintings.