ALL roads led to Girvan on Sunday afternoon as pipers, dancers, athletes, community groups, local firms, charities and members of the public flocked to Victory Park for the 41st Carrick Lowland Gathering.

A packed programme of activities, all put together by Girvan and District Attractions, ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy during the day, no matter their age or area of interest.

Youngsters from Carrick RFCYoungsters from Carrick RFC (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

Chieftain Alan Jeans presided over Highland dancing, pipe band competitions, juvenile solo pipers, Girvan Harriers’ Saugh Hill Race, track events for younger runners, the ever-popular ‘heavy events’ and much more.

Twenty-seven charities and community organisations from the South Carrick area had stalls at the event to promote their activities and raise funds, while several local firms were among the companies who had trade stalls.

Heavy events actionHeavy events action (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

Thrill seekers at the funfairThrill seekers at the funfair (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

The Gathering has grown in popularity over the last four decades – so much so that although the chieftain opened the event, and the Gathering’s king, queen and attendants were all crowned, at 12.45pm, after the Isle of Cumbrae Pipe Band marched through the town from the quay to the park, the fun had already been under way for nearly three hours as Highland dancers and young solo pipers competed for the prizes on offer.

The skirl o' the pipes echoed around Victory Park throughout the afternoonThe skirl o' the pipes echoed around Victory Park throughout the afternoon (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

Spectators soak up the atmosphereSpectators soak up the atmosphere (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

Other attractions during the day included an exhibition of vintage vehicles owned by the West of Scotland Classic Car Club and a walking football competition organised by Girvan FC’s walking football group, while food, drink and funfair rides ensured those coming along to enjoy the festivities were fed, watered and thrilled in equal measure.

Highland dancers defying gravityHighland dancers defying gravity (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

Fundraisers from the Girvan RNLI teamFundraisers from the Girvan RNLI team (Image: Charlie Gilmour)

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