Girvan’s famous Stumpy Tower is spruced up

Artist Maureen Hutton with her depiction of Robert the Bruce.
Artist Maureen Hutton with her depiction of Robert the Bruce.

One of Girvan’s landmark attractions has been given a much needed spruce up thanks to the work of a community group and artist.

Stumpy Tower, which is situated in the centre of the town and used to house prisoners is now home to a fantastic series of storyboards created by Maureen Hutton as well as various information boards.

The official re-opening took place on Monday afternoon with local school children in place along with South Ayrshire Council provost Helen Moonie and other local councillors.

The revamp has been the brainchild of the Girvan and District Attractions Committee which secured funding from the rural panel as well as putting money of its own towards the refurbishment of the tower.

Committee member David Young in particular has spent endless hours working in conjunction with Maureen and others to ensure a revamped Stumpy Tower will be attractive to the public.

The boards detail such local mythical legends like Sawney Bean and the Hairy Tree as well as providing information on King Robert the Bruce who was born at Turnberry Castle as well as detailing the history of Stumpy Tower itself, McMaster Hall, Ailsa Craig and the RSPB nature reserve on the island.

School children were also invited along to take part in the launch day and had great fun exploring the tower upstairs as well which continues to detail some of the activities that went on whilst it operated as Girvan’s jail.

It is hoped that the tower and the boards will be open on a regular basis for the public.