South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership

Delivering outcomes that benefit users of the railway and the wider community

A Night at the Castle... LIVE!

Explore Maybole’s rich history through music, song and dance. This is a free event being held in the Maybole Castle gardens on Saturday 19th August from 10.00pm to 11.00pm. Free entry!

The show has been created by local young people so come along and show them your support.

Nearest Station: Maybole. 0.5 miles from venue.


Stranraer set to be location for Scotland’s first oyster festival

Stranraer set to be location for Scotland’s first oyster festival which takes place in the town from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September.

The festival marks the start of the oyster harvesting season and will commence with an oyster landing ceremony, complete with oysters being piped ashore, live music, a giant paella for visitors to the festival to share in, a community performance with the support of Oceanallover and fireworks. 

Festivities over the weekend will include oyster tasting and competitions, cooking demonstrations and classes, wild food forages, a skiff regatta and a lively traders’ market packed with locally produced food drink, arts and crafts. 

Families are also invited to enjoy craft and kite making workshops, ghost walk tours and extreme pond dipping – a catch landed from the floor of Loch Ryan so that children can explore what lives at the bottom of the sea. Most of the festival activities are free of charge for visitors to participate in.

There will also be guest appearances from Hardeep Singh Kohli and Mr Bloom from Cbeebies, live music throughout the weekend from bands including Gnoss and Pere Mata and ‘The Big Oyster Bash’ on the Saturday evening introduced by Hardeep Singh Kohli and headlined with live music from The Dangleberries.

Full programme information and ticketing details are on 

Nearest Station: Stranraer. 0.2 Miles from Town Centre.


Wigtown Book Festival 2017

Judy Murray speaks about her family’s tennis success at this year’s Wigtown Book Festival which takes place from September 22nd to October 1st.

Other guests include Scotland's preeminent historian Professor Sir Tom Devine, TV and radio presenter Rick Edwards and Katie Morag author, Mairi Hedderwick.

For details, see the Wigtown Festival Website

Nearest Station: Barrhill 23 miles.


New committee pledge Ayr Flower Show to go ahead this year

The Ayr & District Flower Show will take place at Ayr Racecourse on Friday August 18th and Saturday 19th. The Show is being orgabnised by a new group this year after the Ayrshire Horticultural Association had decided in March that, after many years, the show would be cancelled.

The Ayr community was shocked to hear that the Ayrshire Horticultural Association had decided, after many years, to cancel the Ayr Flower Show in this and future years. As a result Ayr MSP John Scott called a town hall meeting of all interested parties to see what could be done to ensure the continuation of a flower and produce show of some description starting this year!

Subsequently a small committee of volunteers was set up to do just that. With just 20 weeks to organise an event that would normally take a year to organise and with no resources, no money and no location it was a stiff challenge to take on. But now 15 weeks in we have a new company established to run the show, we have banking arrangements, a website and Facebook page but more importantly we have secured a venue at Ayr Racecourse on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August this year.

In parallel the new committee has been pulling out all the stops to recruit both exhibitors and traders to participate and the signs are good that we will be able to put on an impressive show, albeit somewhat reduced in scale from the old flower show. Likewise the level of goodwill towards an Ayr show in some form is overwhelming and we are hoping that the public will turn out in large numbers.

We want to make the show a more affordable, community based event and so entry has been set at just £5 with no charge for accompanied children under 16.  

All of this has required a huge effort from the people involved but we are confident that we can put on a good show for the gardening community and provide them with a value for money event upon which we can build next year. 

A flower show has been part of Ayr’s social and cultural heritage for many years and we don’t want to lose it without a fight. Your help and support toward that end would be much appreciated.

Visit the flower show website for details:

Nearest Station Ayr - 1.5 miles


Ayr Model Rail Show

The Ayr Model Railway Show takes place at The Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th, 2017.

Nearest Station: Ayr (1.5 miles)


Celebrating our railway heritage and helping to promote other community events 

We have a proud record of organising community celebrations related to the railway. Details of up and coming events being organised by the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership and other community groups will be added to this page regularly. Details of some previous events are also shown below.


Previous Partnership Events

Steam excursion to Stranraer in 2010 one of a number of such visits the Partnership has sought to encourage. The crowds which gathered is evidence of one of the key reasons why the Partnership believes there is significant economic benefit to be derived from building of heritage train visits to this remote corner of Scotland.


In 2007, we helped celebrate the Ayr to Stranraer line’s 130th anniversary with local school children and their teachers in Girvan and Stranraer travelling to each others' schools by train in Victorian costume. The event, which spanned two local authorities, was a huge success. 


Become a member for just £10 a year

Become a member of the South West Scotland Community Rail Partnership for just £10 a year. You will be kept informed about projects and campaigns we are running, opportunities to volunteer in a wide range of projects and you will be able to help shape the organisation by voting at the Annual General Meeting where you can also put yourself forward for election to a Board position on the Board of Directors. For further information, please send an email.

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