What is CAMRA?

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.

Formed in 1971, CAMRA has over 160000 members across the world.  CAMRA supports well-run pubs as the centres of community life, whether in rural or urban areas and believe their continued existence play a critical social role in UK culture.

CAMRA is financed by membership subscriptions, sales of books and merchandise and proceeds from national and local beer festivals.

The Ayrshire & Wigtownshire branch was set up over 30 years ago and currently has almost 600 members, making us the third largest branch in Scotland.  Geographically our branch covers the South-western corner of Scotland, including the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae and has almost 60 real ale outlets and 5 real ale breweries.  In addition to committee meetings and bi-monthly branch meetings, we have four geographical social groups within the branch which meet regularly.  Our annual real ale festival, held in Troon during the month of October, continues to flourish, with over 2,500 visitors over 3 days.