Welcome to the website of Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA. 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 600 members who are passionate about pub going and real ale. We are an active branch with regular social activities and a very 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.
Full Pints has, for the second time in recent years, been voted CAMRA National Magazine of the Year. The announcement and presentation of the certificate was made at the AGM in Coventry. A special congratulations to Stuart McMahon, our magazine editor.
Scottish Real Ale Festival
The Scottish Real Ale Festival, commonly known as SRAF, will be held from Thursday 5th until Saturday 7th July. The venue for the event is the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and CAMRA members get a discount on admission. All CAMRA members are encouraged to support this festival and attend during at least one of the sessions. For further details please visit www.sraf.camra.org.uk
Thursday: 12:00 until 22:30
Friday: 12:00 until 22:30
Saturday 12:00 until 21:30
Admission £6 (only £4 for CAMRA members on production of card)
Community Buyout Success
Dunlop outlet, Merito has been successfully purchased in a community buyout. In a move that sees current staff retained, the pub will also become a a community hub. Plans include the development of upstairs areas as spaces for community activities and events including a space for homeworkers, a study area and a training kitchen.
The branch website has been given a complete makeover.
As many people now access through their smartphones and tablets, it was believed necessary to make our internet presence as accessible as possible.
Hope you like it!
We have two coach trips coming up over the next few months/
On Saturday 5th of May, we are heading for the 20th Kingdom of Fife Real Ale Festival during which we will present Beath Brewery with our Beer of the Festival Award for its Unicorn Invasion of Dundee.
Seats must be booked no later that Friday 20th April.
On Saturday 9th June we travel to the Isle of Whithorn and the Steam Packet Inn. Two presentations are to be made. The Steam Packet will receive our branch Cider Pub of the Year award. In addition, Five Kingdoms ale Black Storm Stout, was voted our Beer of the Year at our AGM.
The last date for booking seats on this trip is Friday 25th May.
To book your seat, please send an email to Donald Clark firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07886 312454
This is a list of events relevant to our branch over the coming weeks.