Kirkoswald

[(Old) Kirk Oswald]

Culzean Castle is undeniably the star attraction in the wider area, but Kirkoswald has its own attractions. This understated village sits astride the busy A77 road, a few attractive thatched buildings drawing the attention in particular. This is Robert Burns country - many of the poet's family and friends, and therefore characters from his poems, are buried in the churchyard here. The settlement has the monks of Paisley Abbey to thank for its founding though; they built nearby Crossraguel Abbey as a daughter house in the early 13th century, and Kirkoswald's church at the same time.

[Souter Johnnie's Cottage (June 2017)]

Within walking distance

Name: (Old) Kirk Oswald ☆☆☆
Description: Ruins of a 13th century church built by Cluniac monks from Paisley Abbey, with several characters from the life of Robert Burns buried in the graveyard.
Location: Village centre, G.R.: NS 239075 / letters observes mixing
Open: Always
Cost: Free

Name: Souter Johnnie's Cottage ☆☆☆
Description: Thatched cottage, former home of cobbler (souter) John Davidson, a.k.a. Souter Johnnie from Burns' Tam o' Shanter.
Location: Village centre, G.R.: NS 240076 / limitless teacher sunflower
Open (2017): Friday to Monday, early April to late September
Cost: Free

[Culzean Castle (May 2016)]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Crossraguel Abbey ★★★☆☆
>> see Culzean Castle & Country Park post for Culzean Castle ★★; Culzean Country Park ★★☆

[Crossraguel Abbey]

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