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...
Lendalfoot Ayrshire, KA26 0JF
This memorial to the Russian cruiser “Varyag” can be found in Lendalfoot not far from the place where the legendary ship sank in 1920. “Varyag” is the first monument to Russian valor across the UK.
The Varyag was built in Philadelphia for the Russian Navy, she achieved fame when she battled five Japanese cruisers at the opening of the Russo-J...
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...
40a Dalrymple Street, Girvan, Ayrshire, KA26 9AE
McKechnie Institute, which opened in 1889, was designed in the Scottish
Baronial style with some Renaissance detailing by the Glasgow architects
McKissack & Rowan.
The Institute has a collection of memorabilia from
Girvan and the surrounding Carrick area, covering areas such as Ailsa Craig,
local trade, fishing, social activities...