High Street, Maybole, Ayrshire
Built about the middle of the sixteenth century, the Castle
is the oldest inhabited house in the town. It was the town house owned by the Earls
of Cassillis, the Kennedys, who spent most of the winter months in Maybole in
those days. It was also the largest and finest of the twenty-eight lairds’
houses which were written about by Abercrummie...
Ailsa Craig (Paddy’s Milestone)
Off the coast of Carrick
An iconic island, Ailsa Craig can be viewed from all along the Carrick coastline. Jutting 1,114 feet out of the sea, with a base circumference of about 2.5 miles, this mass of very hard granite takes a different shape from each view point along the coast. Though its form may change from each angle it is viewed, the breathtaking nature of the vie...
Knockcushan Street, Girvan, KA26 9AG
Stumpy Tower also known as Auld Stumpy sits in a prominent position in Girvan town centre. The tower was built in 1827 to replace the former jail that used to sit on the southwest corner of market square.
The old jail badly needed replacing as its thatched roof made it too easy for prisoners to make their escape. Law and order restored, Stum...
Souter Johnnie’s Cottage
Main Road, Kirkoswald, South Ayrshire, KA19 8HY
See Scottish literature come to life in this 18th-century thatched cottage in the heart of Kirkoswald, Ayrshire. The former home of cobbler – or souter – John Davidson, the real-life Souter Johnnie immortalised in the Robert Burns poem Tam o’ Shanter, it features a thatched tavern in the garden, complete with life-sized sandstone statues of the ...
Dunure, KA7 4LN
Today Dunure Castle sits as a ruin in the North of Carrick, however, it was once the main fortress of the Earls of Cassils, the Kennedy Family. The building which originates back to the 1200’s is steeped in both family and national history. It is even said that Mary Queen of Scots once stayed at the castle.
Though today the family is more clo...