A warm welcome to the website of Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. Geographically, our branch is located in South West Scotland and covers an area of approximately 1600 square miles (4185 km²)
Currently, we have in excess of 650 members who are passionate about pub going and real ale while having fun at the same time. We are a very active branch with regular social activities and a successful festival which is held in early October each year. In addition, we publish a multi-award winning branch magazine called Full Pints with four issues printed annually.
Please have a look around our website or better still come and join us in a pub for a beer or two.
Festive Crawl 2019
This year it is the turn of North Ayrshire coast to host the annual Christmas/New Year Crawl on Friday 27th December.
Festivities will commence at 12.30 p.m. in the village of West Kilbride at the Twa Dugs, 71 Main Street. This is currently our Branch Pub of the Year and we can expect 2 real ales, usually one light and one dark in colour.
From the bus stop outside the pub take the Stagecoach 585 bus at 1.20 p.m. to Fairlie, arriving at 1.40 p.m. Here the bus stop is at the rear carpark of our next pub, the Village Inn, 46 Bay Street. 1 real ale on offer here.
Now back to the bus stop and the 585 bus again to Largs at 2.40 p.m. Alight outside the first of our pubs in this town, the Paddle Steamer, 30 Gallowgate Street at 2.45 p.m. This J. D Wetherspoon pub offers Greene King Abbot and Sharp’s Doom Bar plus 4 guest ales.
The next 2 pubs are close-by but quite small and so, at 3.30 p.m. visit both but in no particular order. The Three Reasons, 14 Gallowgate Street is opposite the Paddle Steamer and offers 1 real ale. The Waterside, 14 Bath Street has 2 real ales, usually from Kelburn.
From the Paddle Steamer and Three Reasons walk along the seafront to Nardini’s Café and turn right into Nelson Street. About 150m along here and our final pubs is J G Sharps, 34 Nelson Street, target time 5 p.m. Sharp’s Sea Fury is the regular here with 1 guest also usually available.
All are welcome, indeed encouraged, to join us for all or part of the crawl. Whilst we do our best to adhere to the published times, it is the nature of this sort of event that timings can become “flexible” (especially towards the end of the crawl). If you want to join the crawl at any particular time, then you can call Lindsay Grant on 07734 063712 to find out exactly where we are.
The organisers have only volunteered to arrange times and/or travel arrangements and to provide information about the venue(s). CAMRA promotes responsible drinking and so excessive drinking is not tolerated on CAMRA outings. Members must not behave in any way that may bring CAMRA into disrepute. Any member doing so may be barred from future events. You are responsible for your own safety and wellbeing. If you have a medical condition that requires assistance you must bring your own backup/carer with you.
A summary of the proposed itinerary for the day is as follows:
12:30 Twa Dugs, West Kilbride
13:20 585 bus to Fairlie
13:45 Village Inn, Fairlie
14:40 585 bus to Largs
14:45 Paddle Steamer
15:30 Either Three Reasons or Waterside
16:15 Either Three Reasons or Waterside
17:00 J G Sharps
Events at a Glance
This is a list of events relevant to our branch over the coming weeks.