South Ayrshire | Village sights | ★★

[(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 (18/6/17)]

Location & info

📌 (Old) Kirk Oswald
💬 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.
Main Street (A77), Kirkoswald village centre, G.R.: NS 239075 ///letters.observes.mixing
Always open | Free

📌 Souter Johnnie's Cottage ★★
💬 Thatched cottage, former home of cobbler (souter) John Davidson, a.k.a. Souter Johnnie from Burns' Tam o' Shanter.
Main Street (A77), Kirkoswald village centre, G.R.: NS 240076 ///limitless.teacher.sunflower
Open Friday to Tuesday, early April to late September | Free

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Crossraguel Abbey ★★★ (2 mi →)
>> Culzean Castle & Country Park page: Culzean Castle ★★★★★; Culzean Country Park ★★★★ (2 mi ↑)

[Culzean Castle (30/5/16)]

[Crossraguel Abbey]


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