Girvan, South Ayrshire: Old Photos & Films

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Enjoy a glimpse of history through old images of Girvan, South Ayrshire, Scotland.

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.

Documentary About Old Ayrshire

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 Ayrshire On Film Part 1 Old Ayr Girvan Ailsa Craig – on YouTube

Old Photos of Girvan

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

Old Girvan. All the Photos of Girvan all in one place – on YouTube

Next is a collection of old photographs from Girvan’s fire brigade and from the ‘Girvan then and now’ Facebook page, presented in a slideshow.

The audio track opens with an old fashioned narrator introducing the town.

Girvan Then & Now – on YouTube


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 NOW AND THEN – Navrigite1 on YouTube

Old Photos of Girvan Harbour

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

Girvan harbour past and present – on YouTube

St. Joseph’s 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 1967 St. Josephs Convent – on YouTube


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.

Girvan 1972 St. Josephs Convent – on YouTube

1970’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.

70’s Marine Salvage – on YouTube

Girvan’s Boats in 2009

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

Girvan – on YouTube

Girvan Harbour 2010

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

Girvan Harbour Scotland – on YouTube

Girvan Community Hospital 2012

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.

Girvan Community Hospital NPS 100 in Scotland – on YouTube

Giant Kites at The Beach 2014

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

Huge big giant kites flying at Girvan beach Scotland – Saida Wiseman on YouTube

Broken Drone 2019

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.

Girvan when the drone got lost – on YouTube

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