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  • 1 Culzean Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A719 GB - Maybole KA19 8LE

    Culzean (pronounced Cullane) in its dramatic clifftop setting was once again the work of the talented Robert Adam (1728-1792), commissioned by the Kennedy family to transform the old castle. Although he was a classicist, Adam added arrow slits and ba..

  • 2 Burns Cottage and Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Murdoch’s Lone GB - Alloway KA7 4PQ

    Alloway is the birthplace of the poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), whose birthday on 25 January is celebrated by Scots throughout the world. Built by William Burns, his eldest son, Robert, was born in the roadside cottage on 25 January 1759. The stable..

  • 3 Crossraguel Abbey

    Religious buildings

    A77 GB - Maybole KA19 8HQ

    Only ruins remain of the second Cluniac monastery in Scotland, a brother monastery to Paisley Abbey founded by Duncan, Earl of Carrick in 1244. The abbey reached the height of its prosperity in the 15C when a great rebuilding programme was undertaken..

  • 4 Auld Brig

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Ayr KA71

    This 13C bridge, immortalised by Burns, was supposedly financed by two sisters whose betrothed were both drowned when attempting to ford the river in spate. The small cobbled bridge has survived although the neighbouring bridge was swept away in a st..

  • 5 Tam o'Shanter Inn

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    230 st. High GB - Ayr KA7 1RQ

    An alehouse in the time of Burns, this is where Tam started out on his frightening adventures on a stormy night (Tam o'Shanter).

  • 6 Tam o'Shanter Experience

    Museums and art

    rd. way Monument GB - Alloway KA7 4PQ

    This information centre is a good starting point for touring the land of Burns. The poet's life, work and travels are described in the context of the day in a short audio visual presentation. A longer, almost over-realistic film tells the tale of Tam..

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