Barr Village

Carrick’s Hidden Haven

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Welcome to Barr village!

Known locally as ‘The Barr’, this beautiful conservation village nestles amid the Carrick hills in South Ayrshire, beside the converging rivers Stinchar and Gregg. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and away from the beaten track, Barr offers a haven for wildlife and a welcome retreat to those seeking to unwind. Barr benefits from a variety of trails of differing lengths and terrains, perfect for those on family stroll as well as keen walkers who prefer a more challenging hike. As part of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere we also have excellent quality dark skies situated in the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park area.

Barr’s past is peppered with tall tales and colourful characters. Remote and secluded, the Stinchar valley endeared itself to rogues and smugglers for centuries and still offers a warm welcome to today’s visitors seeking a more innocent form of escape.

Barr is perfectly placed as a base for the many local adventure activities such as:

• Hill walking and hiking
• Cycling and mountain biking
• Fishing
• Golf
• Paragliding, Diving, Kayaking
The Barr is a welcome antidote to everyday stress and has attracted artists, writers and photographers among its appreciative visitors. The environment can be wild and challenging, yet rich in diversity with flora and fauna to delight the naturalist, a haven for wildlife. You may even find the rare butterfly orchid if you tread carefully.

We have a vibrant community, with a selection of community groups and organisations. Please visit the Community section of our website to find out more and also explore the Barr Village Facebook page to keep up to date.

Barr Community Council

Community Councils give people a real say in matters such as service delivery and other issues which affect daily lives.

Barr Community SCIO

Barr Community SCIO is a community organisation, in the form of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Barr Community Association

Barr Community Association is a charity, made up of volunteers who organise events and maintain various groups.

Barr Community Fund

The Barr Community Fund is funded by SSE community benefit funding from the Hadyard Hill wind farm.