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 ...
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a new UNESCO Biosphere because of its combination of special wildlife areas, rich cultural heritage and communities that care about their environment. Biosphere designation will help people understand, define, sustain and enhance those special qualities. As an internationally recognised label for s...
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...
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...
Turnberry Point, Ayrshire, KA26 9LT
An icon of the area Turneberry lighthouse was built in 1873, standing 24 metres high, it takes 76 steps to reach the top.
The Northern Lighthouse Board commissioned the structure to warn boats about the nearby Bistro Rock which had wreck many ships throughout the years.
However, what makes this lighthouse so special is the site it was buil...