Girvan, Ayrshire: Old Photos & Films

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Girvan is a seaside town and fishing port situated on the east coast of the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. Although the resident population is only about 6,700, the town holds many historic properties and a working harbour which can be easily identified in old photos taken decades ago.

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The Town Through The Decades

Old Ayrshire On Film Part 1 Old Ayr Girvan Ailsa Craig

A half hour documentary showing black and white vintage film. A wide range of locations, industries and people appear. The commentary is highly informative.

Old Girvan. All the Photos of Girvan all in one place

Roderick Leitch used interesting old photos and pictures to make this video montage about the town.

Girvan Then & Now

Old photographs from Girvan fire brigade and the Girvan then and now facebook page presented in a slideshow. The audio track opens with an old fashioned narrator introducing the town.



YouTube channel Navrigite1 took old photos of town locations, and then found modern photos of the same place. It’s fascinating to see the change in buildings, streets and human behaviour years later.


Girvan harbour past and present

A lovely choice of music to accompany photos of the fishing port and the vessels working there through the decades.

The 1960s & 1970s

Girvan 1967 St. Josephs Convent

A home cine film made in 1967. Lots of school pupils appear. It’s astonishing how little school uniforms have changed in half a century, especially as school uniform kilts are increasingly common in schools across the UK.

Girvan 1972 St. Josephs Convent

Although this home cine film centres on a group of girls having lots of fun playing up to the camera, many different locations appear including the inside of the school. Some of the nuns also appear.

70’s Marine Salvage

Salvaging a wheel from the shipwreck of a French steam ship, many decades after it was sunk by a German U-boat on November 14 1917 during World War I.

The 21st Century


Lovely folk music accompanies these shots of the fishing port in 2009.

Girvan Harbour Scotland

In January 2010 a cold snap arrived and the fishing boats were suddenly surrounded by ice!

Girvan Community Hospital NPS 100 in Scotland

In 2012, the local Community Hospital installed a Northern Power 100 wind turbine. Here, Ian Hill, Building Energy Manager, discusses the benefits of the project.

Huge big giant kites flying at Girvan beach Scotland

It’s a sunny but windy day when a number of large and unusual kites appear at the seafront.

Girvan when the drone got lost

Because the drone controls stopped working, the camera keeps circling around above the town. But it’s nice clear footage of the nearest buildings and gardens in 2019.

Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute: Old Photos & Film

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Helensburgh is a tranquil seaside town, originally founded in the 1600s. Whilst Ardencaple Castle is long gone, tree lined streets and beautiful Victorian architecture attract great numbers of visitors each year. Although little seems to change in such a historic setting, films caught by visitors and local residents over the years show that time never stands still.

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The Town Through The Ages

Helensburgh Memories – School Photos

Robert Ryan uploaded a video montage made from the school photos shared on the Helensburgh Memories Facebook site. Hundreds of children of all ages and taken across many decades appear.


Ancestry Genealogy Photographs Helensburgh Argyll And Bute Scotland

YouTube channel tourscotland created a slideshow video of old photos of the town over the past century.


Family Holidays In The 1960s

helensburgh 1960s

A cheerful home movie from the family of James Harkins, who got some good shots of the town in the background.

Helensburgh Seafront

This family video from the early 1960s was uploaded to YouTube by tartantop. Lots of people and places appear.

The Years 2000-2015

Full Version – ‘Heroes’ by Helensburgh Heroes Experience

A number of local places and more than a hundred local singers and musicians appear in this video, made to accompany their 2009 release of the single ‘Heroes’.

“In an attempt to raise awareness of both the talented and inspirational people that have hailed from the area, and the desperate need for a permanent arts and leisure centre, a group of local people hit upon the idea of creating a ‘Live Aid’ style community recording of the song”.


In 2011, Argyll and Bute Council uploaded a computer simulation of the town. Unfortunately it’s not accompanied by an explanation of why the simulation was created.

Helensburgh history hut

In 2013, a new history hut opened on the site of the town’s new Waitrose store.

Helensburgh from the air

Captured from a small light aircraft, this is just under a minute of film showing the layout of the town.

2015 Onwards

Helensburgh – A walk

In June 2015 Tug Wilson took photos during a walk around town.

Nicola’s visit to Helensburgh

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon MSP visited the town on Monday 4th May 2015. A great many people appear over the course of the video.

Garelochhead to Helensburgh, Scotland by car

Recorded at the end of 2016, so plenty of bare branches on the trees. An atmospheric short film showing the properties, cars and stunning landscapes seen on the fifteen minute Garelochhead to Helensburgh drive.

Clyde Property – George Street, Helensburgh

Clyde Property creates lovely videos of some of the properties they are commissioned to sell. In April 2017, this gorgeous house bursting with period features appeared in the listings. The historic ceiling and woodwork are beautiful.

Limmy Twitch Archive // Limmy IRL – Cycling to Helensburgh (2/2) // [2019-06-19]

A long cycle ride with Limmy stopping regularly to talk to the camera. Includes a moment near the seafront where a van driver shouts ‘Twenty’s plenty!” At one point Limmy says “start you next goodybag now” while reading a device..perhaps he’s a giffgaff phone customer?

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