Girvan railway station

Girvan railway station is a railway station serving the town of Girvan, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail, who operate all passenger services from there. It is on the Ayr to Stranraer section of the Glasgow South Western Line and is situated 62 miles (99 km) south of Glasgow Central. It has two platforms and is the location of one of the five passing loops on the single track line between Dalrymple Junction (south of Ayr) and Stranraer. Immediately south of the station, the line climbs steeply towards Pinmore tunnel - the climb is known as the Glendoune Bank and has a ruling gradient of 1 in 54.

Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Gharbhain[1]
The exterior of Girvan station
Local authoritySouth Ayrshire
Coordinates55.2463°N 4.8482°W / 55.2463; -4.8482
Grid referenceNX190983
Station codeGIR
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Owned byNetwork Rail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14 0.138 million
2014/15 0.140 million
2015/16 0.137 million
2016/17 0.143 million
2017/18 0.151 million
Passenger Transport Executive
5 October 1877Opened as Girvan New
1 April 1893Renamed as Girvan
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory
Entry numberLB50007[2]
Added to list14 October 2004
National Rail – UK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Girvan from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.


The station was opened on 5 October 1877 by the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway and was known as Girvan New,[3] replacing the Girvan (Old) terminus station of the Maybole and Girvan Railway situated nearby. The station closed on 7 February 1882, reopened 1 August 1883, closed 12 April 1886, reopened 18 June 1886, closed again 2 September 1886, reopened 14 July 1890, and was renamed Girvan on 1 April 1893[3] after rebuilding by the Glasgow and South Western Railway, who had taken over the G&PJR the previous year. From 1906-1942, it also served as the southern terminus of the Maidens and Dunure Light Railway.

The main station building caught fire in January 1946 and because the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) were not disposed to finance the rebuilding costs as nationalisation was imminent. Rebuilding did not commence until 1949. Owing to shortage of materials it was not completed until August 1951, when based on a typical 1930s LMS design it was re-opened. Along with the signal box, it is a category B listed structure as an example of an early post-war railway station in the Moderne style in Scotland. The station clock restored in 2009 is believed to be from the original station building.

The station is part of the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership which comprises local Community Councils, representation from South Ayrshire Council, ScotRail as well as private individuals. SWSCRP has adopted the station and has provided tubs, shrubs and plants. These are tended to by the Girvan Make it Happen Group. SWSCRP also have their community shop and an office on site.

The station was the rail head for the 2009 UK Open Golf Championships.


All trains on the Ayr to Stranraer route call, along with several to/from Ayr and beyond start or terminate here.

December 2014

There are fifteen northbound trains at an approximately hourly frequency northbound to Ayr, with the majority extended to Kilmarnock. There are five daily trains to Glasgow Central, four of which go via Kilwinning and the other via Kilmarnock. There are six services to Stranraer. The Sunday service consists of three services in each direction between Glasgow and Stranraer via Kilwinning.

December 2015

From the start of the December 2015 timetable, a number of changes to the service pattern have been implemented. There are now nineteen trains to Ayr (still on a basic hourly frequency with peak extras) and nine trains to Stranraer (one every two hours compared to the six that ran previously on an irregular frequency). Ten of the Ayr trains continue to Kilmarnock. However through trains to Glasgow via Kilwinning have been withdrawn and there are now just two to Glasgow via Kilmarnock (with four running the other way). On Sundays there are five trains each to Ayr & Stranraer.[4]

Temporary closure August-November 2018

Ayr's old Station Hotel is extremely unsafe to be nearby, so platforms 3 and 4 south have been closed. This means that no trains run south of Ayr at the moment, as ScotRail have no access to Ayr Townhead depot, south of Ayr railway station. Replacement buses are running frequently. [5]

November 2018

All Stranraer services are now running, calling at the usual stations but Girvan - Ayr services are still operated by replacement buses.[5]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Barrhill   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Historical railways  
Junction with
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Maidens and Dunure Light Railway
Line closed, station closed
Connection with
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Maybole and Girvan Railway
  Grangeston Halt
Line open, station closed
Line open, station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
  Connection with



  1. Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. "GIRVAN STATION INCLUDING SIGNAL BOX". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. Butt, page 103
  4. Scotrail timetables Stranraer/Girvan/Ayr – Kilmarnock – Glasgow and Ayr/Largs/Ardrossan – GlasgowScotrail website; Retrieved 12 December 2015
  5. "20/12/18: Services return to normal at Ayr station | ScotRail".


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