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Heads Of Ayr, Butlins Holiday Camp

Holiday Camp (20th Century)

Site Name Heads Of Ayr, Butlins Holiday Camp

Classification Holiday Camp (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Hms Scotia; Wonderwest World; Haven Holiday Park

Canmore ID 295711

Site Number NS31NW 156

NGR NS 30290 18395

NGR Description Centred NS 30290 18395

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Ayr
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Architecture Notes

NS31NW 156 centred 30290 18395

Holiday Park [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, July 2010.

A large holiday park situated immediately inland and SE of Heads of Ayr.

Originally built for the Admiralty to a design suggested by Sir William Butlin and named HMS Scotia, opening in 1941 as a Naval training camp. It became Butlin's Holiday Camp in 1946, when it could accommodate about 3,000 people later increased to 5,000.

It was built to a design that would lend itself easily to conversion to a holiday camp during the postwar period. The site occupies 47 hectares and once consisted of at least 38 large wooden huts, 38 Nissen type huts and four main halls, the site is now reduced in size with huts and chalets and a main central amusement area.

The camp is visible on vertical air photographs taken in 1946 (CPE/Scot/UK 176, frames 2161-2163, flown 7 October 1946).

Information from RCAHMS (DE), August 2008.


Aerial Photography (October 1946 - October 1974)


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