Stumpy Tower

Historic Buildings & Homes

Dalrymple Street, Girvan, KA26 9AE

    Often known as Auld Stumpy, and of great historic interest, Stumpy Tower was built in the first half of the 19th century.


     

    Occupying a key position in Girvan town centre, it was built as the town's jail. Auld Stumpy served this purpose until the 1870s when a new jail and police station were built.

    The cells of the jail were on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the building with a clock tower above these cells. Originally this building and others including the Town Hall were used to form a square, which formed the Market Place. Sadly, the surrounding buildings were demolished in 1908.

    It is interesting to note that Auld Stumpy replaced a former jail sited on the southwest corner of the market place. This former jail, which was built in 1789, had a thatched roof through which the prisoners frequently made escape. It is recorded that the 'new' jail had a positive effect on the number of escapees and the resulting law and order within the town.

    It has been suggested that the name auld Stumpy derives from the Gaelic Olladh Stiom Paidh, meaning the 'Great Circle of Justice'.

    Exhibits in the Tower include a 16th century wrought iron cannon and police memorabilia.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Girvan has the nearest railway station to the Stumpy Tower, which is only a 10-minute walk away in the town centre.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Glasgow Prestwick International Airport is the closest airport to Girvan. The airport has a direct rail link to Ayr and onwards to Girvan. From the airport exit roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A79. At the Monktonhill roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A78. At the Dutch House roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A77 signposted for Girvan & Stranraer. Stumpy Tower is located on Dalrymple Street in Girvan town centre.

    Getting there by ferry:- Troon has the closest ferry terminal to the Stumpy Tower from which the No. 15 & 110 buses from Portland Street will take you to Ayr bus station for a connection to Girvan. Troon also has a railway station for onward travel. By road, follow signs for the A78. At the Monktonhill roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A78. At the Dutch House roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A77 signposted for Girvan & Stranraer. The Stumpy Tower is located on Dalrymple Street in Girvan town centre.

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