Work is underway at Girvan harbour with new pontoons, updated security and services being created to modernise the harbour area.
The 35 new pontoon berths will be suitable for a range of vessel sizes, with each pontoon having an electricity and water supply, security quayside access and CCTV security cameras to provide a modern safe yacht haven.
The £500,000 investment in Girvan has been funded by South Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the Sail West Project.
The project is a collaborative initiative led by Donegal County Council on behalf of 20 funding partners, and comprises a programme of investment in an agreed series of infrastructure improvements and product development. It also includes a joint marketing campaign under the MalinWaters brand umbrella to promote marine tourism between the West of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Deputy council leader John McDowall, said: “This project is a major development for Girvan and South Carrick, it is part of our long term vision to improve the harbour for local people and tourists.
“We are committed to investing in South Carrick, this project will support fishing, local business, tourism and leisure, it is a pivotal part of our vision for Girvan. With new pontoon berths, better facilities and security we are confident that more sailors will berth in Girvan bringing a much needed boost to the local economy.
Moira Birtwistle, chairwoman of Ayrshire and Arran Tourism Leadership Group, said: “We are delighted that work is well under way to create the new fully serviced pontoons. Once completed the changes at the harbour will complement the excellent leisure boating facilities along Ayrshire’s stunning coastline and make Girvan a not-to-be missed place for sailors to berth when exploring the lower Clyde and beyond. Sailing is a key asset to Ayrshire and Arran’s tourism offering and the facilities will be a boost to the economy.”
Michael Wright from Scottish Enterprise said: “The new facilities at Girvan Harbour are great news, sailing tourism is an expanding market for Scotland, and it is important that sailors can stop at Girvan and visit the area. The new facilities at Girvan will compliment the recent investment in sailing infrastructure made up and down the coast in places such as Stranraer, Largs and Greenock.”
Frank McGrogan, the Sail West Project Manager employed by Donegal County Council, said: “The development of Girvan Harbour is a crucial part of the Sail West strategy due to Girvan’s strategic location. The new pontoon berths will both improve connectivity between Ireland and Scotland and allow Girvan to act as an important stopover destination in the North Channel/Malin sea region.